I’ve never enjoyed waiting.
And I’ve never really been good at it either. Which is maybe why God has always found ways to teach me in seasons of waiting.
The other day I saw a quote come across my Instagram feed which simply said, “I don’t want to just ‘get through it,’ I want to ‘grow in it.’” That got me thinking a lot about times in our lives of waiting and how we handle them.
Because whether we like it or not, we all experience these times of waiting in one way or another. Waiting for a season to change, waiting for a dream to happen, waiting for something to end or begin, waiting, waiting, waiting.
It can almost feel as if we’re stuck between what was and what is coming. And we’re not always sure what to do with the time in between those two things.
A lot of us just try to “get through it,” and we waste time or we focus on things that will keep us busy long enough to get on until the next thing. Something I have noticed that I do is anytime I’m waiting in line or I’m waiting for a certain time, I will scroll through my phone to pass the time. Just keep my hands busy until I get to the next thing.
We sometimes treat life this same way.
And instead of figuring out the answer to the question, “What does God want from me here in this place?” we instead find ourselves just trying to occupy the time until we don’t have to be waiting anymore.
But there is so much more that God has for us in the time in between than we are taking hold of. Instead of “getting through it,” He desires for us to “grow in it.” And instead of passing the time, He wants us to take advantage of the time. He wants us to turn waiting into worship.
That got me thinking a lot about our church mission of knowing, loving, and serving Jesus Christ.
Worshipping Him looks a whole lot like knowing, loving, and serving Him. So how do we do that when we’re waiting? How do we do that when we sometimes just want to hurry up and get onto the next thing?
We make a lot of excuses when it comes to spending time with God. We claim that we don’t have time to read our Bibles or we can’t squeeze in times of prayer into our busy schedules.
And yet when our schedules are cleared or quiet times come up, we still manage to find excuses.
To worship God while we’re waiting, we must first learn to know Him better.
Philippians 3:7-8 reminds us, “I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ.”
Nothing else in this world matters as much as knowing Him. Nothing is as great as a relationship with Him.
So I encourage you, especially during the times of your life where you feel like you’re just waiting for whatever comes next, learn what it means to know Him deeper. Open your Bible. Talk to Him through prayer. Listen to what He is saying to you.
When we really know someone, we’re able to love them better.
If you think about the person you’re closest to, you didn’t learn to love them all at once. You grew to love them more and more every day that you got to know them. And then because of your love for them, you started loving the things that they love more as well.
The more that we get to know God through our personal relationship with Him, the more we love Him and the things that He loves.
The more we love God the more we want to worship Him, even in situations that are difficult and don’t always make sense to us.
It is so easy to try to just get by until what’s coming next is here or until we get to the place we want to be in life.
But the truth is that if we live life like that, we’ll always be waiting for something. Whether it’s waiting for a new dream or a new opportunity or a new career or a new season. If we live life just trying to get through this time until we get to where we want, we’ll miss out on what God has for us here.
Because God has so much for us here in these places of the “in between.” Not only does He want us to know Him deeper and love Him more, but He also has countless opportunities for us to serve Him here. We have the choice to take every moment that comes our way and use it as a chance to glorify God by serving Him.
We can serve Him by serving the people right around us—our family, friends, co-workers. We can serve Him by doing the next right thing, even when we’d rather watch the next Netflix show. We can serve Him by choosing to do what He calls us to, even when we don’t feel like it.
Knowing, loving, and serving Him are choices we have to make in our lives, even when we don’t always feel like it or we think we don’t have the time. Worship isn’t meant to be something we always feel like, because worship isn’t about us.
Worship is always about Him.
So this week instead of asking “How can I get through this time?” instead ask yourself, “How can I grow to know and love and serve Him in this time?”
Let’s keep worshipping Him in the waiting.