Day 12

Give Thanks In Waiting

from the Give Thanks In Waiting reading plan

Romans 8:19-25, Colossians 3:15-17

BY Hayley Morgan

Text: Romans 8:19-25, Colossians 3:15-17

“Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who wait for me shall not be put to shame.”
– Isaiah 49:23b, ESV

Since I was a little girl, I thought the next thing was going to be better. I thought the next stage of life was going to save me from the ills that had befallen me in my current day-to-day.

I would never, ever think of being thankful while I waited, because I just couldn’t stop thinking about how Then must be better than Now. I thought this for years, even as life stage after life stage passed me by with no relief. The next thing never made it better.

But, that didn’t stop me from hoping. And I don’t mean I hoped in a holy way. I hoped with a discontent spirit, an unholy longing.

All that hoping for the next season stopped when I found myself in one unchangeable, immovable time. There was nothing I could do to change my circumstances. There was no way around this time of life, and the only way I was going to come out on the other side was to endure.

That endurance, that sanctifying wait, showed me something I’d never understood before. During that time of waiting, that time that I could not trade, I learned that sometimes waiting is the season. Sometimes endurance is the lesson. Sometimes simply getting through it is the most sanctifying, holy thing you can do.

In Romans 8, Paul talks about how all creation is groaning for the coming days when all is made right. Can you relate to Paul’s words when you think of your own times of waiting? Can you also hope and pray for the sanctification that will come in your waiting?

I was forever changed when I stopped looking to the next season to make my life better and started looking to Jesus. I started looking to Him in my times of waiting, in my times of enduring, and in my times of just getting through. When I looked to Jesus, I realized He would be with me in the Then but He was also with me in the Now. I didn’t need to get to a new season of life to know Him.

So, while you groan, while you wait with expectation, can you also look to Jesus and ask that He sit with you? We’re all waiting for something, and it’s a blessed thing to look straight in the face of Jesus and know that He waits with us. Thank goodness.

As we conclude our study of giving thanks in all things—and as we wait for the coming Glory of our Lord when we will praise Him face to face—let’s pray the words of Colossians 3:15-17 for ourselves and for each other as a community:

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

He is good. He is faithful. Amen.

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  1. Kim says:

    I love the idea of a sanctifying wait. Who would have thought that by being in a period of waiting that we would be set apart and God would be purifying us and preparing us for the next chapter. Since we don’t know God’s plan it is so satisfying to think that we can rest in his timing and his perfect period of waiting. I must admit this is a difficult one for me as I am one that likes to get things done, but I pray that we would learn to wait and allow God sanctify our hearts and minds through that time.

  2. Sarah says:

    Waiting has been the season of my life for the past few year. Waiting and hoping for many things that all rest on one another. It has been a hard season at times but I thought I was in a good place with walking through it (at least lately). Yesterday, I felt like my emotions came crashing down as I now feel frustrated and angry. I started my masters program this fall (my step of moving forward while waiting) and work has been getting more stressful due to a variety of circumstances. I try to wait patiently and learn through each situation/stay thankful for all God has poured in my life…but today (thanksgiving day) I am struggling. I feel so grateful for my friends and family and food to eat/so much more but don’t know how to be thankful for my circumstance. This was a good lesson to read today.

    1. Alana says:

      Thank you for being real. I can pray for that for you. Happy holidays Sarah

  3. Shea says:

    This is so calming to read, we are pursuing adoption and trying to get pregnant, waiting is so hard but watching God show up in scripture like this only makes me feel comforted. We can rest in the fact that this waiting is a stage of life for us while we trust in the Lord. He has must certainly proven His provision.

    1. Meg says:

      We waited for two years for the adoption of our son and endured some heavy things in the foster care to adopt process. Although just finalized in May, it seems like years ago that I prayed for Jesus to help us and our son through it. Hold strong in the truth that before and after these babies (adoption or biological) are yours they are His. The biggest truth that got me through the grueling and heartbreaking days were knowing that my son was a Child of the Light and He knew every hair in his head and every need and desire of his heart. Prayers for strength in your time if waiting.

  4. Amber says:

    So, while you groan, while you wait with expectation, can you also look to Jesus and ask that He sit with you? We’re all waiting for something, and it’s a blessed thing to look straight in the face of Jesus and know that He waits with us. Thank goodness.

    So powerful, I am so guilty of always looking for a solution. This is so humbling ❤️

    1. Naomi Watkins says:

      Yes I think he does. Psalms 27 says to wait on the Lord and He will strengthen your heart :)

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