When You’re Waiting on God {Part 1}



Two hours in the grocery store and we were both spent. I neared the front of the store with an anxious toddler in tow and one thing on my mind. Getting home. I scanned the checkout lanes for the smallest line. Spotting a lane with only one person I raced to place my items on the conveyor belt.

After a few moments in line, it became apparent a problem had occurred with the order in front of us. I smiled and looked on; hopeful my less than interested lad would hang on just a little longer. I knew he was tired,but soon the whole lane knew as he loudly professed, “I’m ready to go!”

I did my best to assure him we’d be on our way home soon, but my momma efforts fell short against his strong, three-year old determination. He was ready to go!

As our wait continued to grow, so did my son’s lack of patience. In a near melt-down moment, he grabbed his newly acquired toothbrush and toothpaste off the conveyor belt and proclaimed he was going home. I reminded him his items had to be paid for to which he placed them back on the belt and continued to wait.

In time, we checked out and finally made our way home. Later, as I processed this experience, the Lord spoke to my heart about waiting.

In Lamentations 3:24 we read, “I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore, I will wait for him.” (NIV, emphasis mine)

In this verse, “The Lord is my portion,” means Jesus is our inheritance. As believers, His life, His love and His kingdom is ours through our relationship with Him. The verse continues, “I will wait for him.” In other words, I can choose temporary fulfillment in people, positions or possessions or I can wait upon the Lord and have everlasting fulfillment.

A quick look at Lamentations 3:24 in other versions of God’s Word, revealed the word “wait” to also be referred to as “hope.”

In the NLT, Lamentations 3:24 says, “I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in Him.””

Now, here is where God shed His light over my perspective on waiting.

There have been multiple times when my prayers have been followed up with a period of waiting. In these times God has reminded me, “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) Yet, because I’ve focused on that which I’m waiting for, rather than on God, my peace and confidence has wavered. At times, I’ve been known to take matters into my own hands and act apart from God, because waiting felt too passive.

Today, the Lord is showing me how “waiting on Him” is actually an act of “hoping in Him.” Waiting on God, is anything but passive. In fact, it’s a courageous act. One which makes our hearts fertile ground for God’s transformative work.

Next week, I hope you’ll come back as we dig into how waiting on God transforms our lives for His glory.

In the meantime, if you find yourself waiting on God perhaps you can rephrase your words to, “I’m hoping in the Lord!”

Be blessed my friends!

32 thoughts on “When You’re Waiting on God {Part 1}

  1. Oh yes! Sometimes I can so relate to your little guy! Patience is not one of my stronger points, but I am working on it! Replacing “waiting” with “hoping” gives me a different perspective. Thanks for this 🙂

  2. loriwildenberg says:

    Yes. if we can hope…we can more easily (not perfectly but more easily) wait. Love the illustration with your son. He is sooo me! HA!

  3. This is very good, Leigh Ellen. Most of us are horrible at waiting. But if we look at it as an active practice instead of a passive one, perhaps we can do better. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you, Lisa! It definitely took me a while to start thinking about waiting this way, but it has definitely made a difference is the way I respond to God during those tough times. I’m glad you stopped by! Blessings to you!

  4. Truer words were never spoken Leigh regarding waiting on God. The scripture you shared in Lamentations is in the center of one of my favorite passages.(vs. 22-25) God gives us exactly what we need for each day. When we wait…our faith grows stronger as we trust Him. He wants us to rest in and depend on Him. I am humbled that He desires an intimate relationship with me. So glad to have visited your site today. What an encouraging reminder to wait patiently as we trust God’s timing. Have a wonderful weekend and may God bless you and yours!

  5. Tara says:

    Great post! I think we all can learn a lot from children can’t we?!? Blessed to be your neighbor at Testimony Tuesday today.

  6. Love this! “waiting on Him” is actually an act of “hoping in Him.” And you are so right about what we’re waiting for causing our focus to waver. Your reference to Eccl. 3:1 is the verse behind my blog 🙂

  7. Excellent post! Love the thought that waiting on him is an act of hoping in him. I have had so many times in my life where I am waiting on an answer to prayer. Often times the answer isn’t what I thought it would look like, but His way is always, always the best way.

  8. Loved your phrase, “I am hoping in the Lord.”

    I have found many of the times I am waiting on the Lord, He is teaching or training me for the answer.

  9. Hope on the Lord. I love that! I too am guilty,of praying and when not receiving in my time, taking matters in my own hands. He is refining me daily in this! I look forward to reading your next post…

  10. Waiting in Him is hope in Him ~ love it. There is such a difference when we wait with expectation and in peace. It’s beyond us. It’s rest. It’s all Him..and it’s good. Enjoyed the visit today, Leigh Ellen.

  11. Ah yes, patience. Definitely not my strong point! But I love how you reveal the waiting to be a process, an act of courage. I’m going to try to courageously hope rather than impatiently wait—thanks for that 🙂 Stopping by from #TellHisStory

    • Laura, thank you for stopping by and sharing your heart! Praying God will strengthen both of our hearts as we seek to courageously hope in Him. Blessings to you!

  12. Hope, faith, and waiting inspire one another. I loved how you learned a simple lesson from your toddler’s impatience. They can be such great teachers. 🙂

    • They sure are! I have learned more about God and myself in the time I’ve been a mother than I have in all the years prior to parenting. It’s a beautiful adventure is so many ways! Thanks for sharing today, Mary! Have a blessed weekend.

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