The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room

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Have you ever asked something of the Lord? You prayed. You sought others to pray as well, because we all know where two or more gather, God moves. You prayed some more. And some more. And some more.

And nothing.

The Waiting Room

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When the prayer went unanswered, did you waiver in your faith? It’s often in the waiting room that our flesh rears its ugly head. I’ve been there, praying and hoping. Hoping and praying. And still no answer to the deepest desire of my heart.

I’ve tried to go the spiritual route. You know, telling myself God had better plans. I tried reciting Scripture to put Him in the forefront of my mind.

Of course, I also went the flesh route. You know whining, complaining, crying, trying to make it happen on my own (insert your go-to-flesh behavior here). The road of “I-can-do-it-on-my-own” is full of travelers banging their heads against the wall of their own making.

Today, I don’t want to focus on the behaviors but more so the timing of it all.

Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (KJV).

I prayed a prayer many years ago. Sometimes I asked for others to pray about it too. Sometimes I whined and bemoaned my fate. Sometimes I reminded myself of God’s timing. Sometimes I thought the silence that greeted my ears meant no. I won’t share the specific prayer but I will share this: God’s answering it. It hasn’t come to fruition, but after years (4 years and 10 months to be exact) I’m seeing the work in progress.

And I’m floored.

Is it silly that I’m surprised God is answering my prayer? I mean I did what Matthew 7:7 said. I also “let go and let God.” But I’m still surprised. In my waiting time, I forgot to hope. I forgot to remember the promises God gave me. I let bitterness slowly seep in.

Now that I see a little sprout of work, I’m suddenly grateful and thankful. It’s an attitude I’m ashamed of. Where was my gratefulness and thankfulness in the midst of the waiting room? It’s something I need to work on. Something I know God will make sure I understand.

He promises us in Philippisans 1:6 not to leave His work undone. Eventually, my flesh won’t reign in the waiting room, but the Spirit will. Today, however, I simply want to thank Him for answering my prayer despite my attitude in the waiting room.

Thank You, Heavenly Father.

Toni Shiloh About Toni Shiloh

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. You can visit Toni at her website.


  1. Wow Toni! 5 years waiting here and I know it is close. I am sure I am still going to be “floored”. You probably had more thankfulness than you thought. It is the ugly stuff we remember sometimes. God bless you on this glorious answer to prayer!

  2. Toni Shiloh says:

    Thank you, Sandy!

  3. Melissa says:

    There are numerous times in my life when I pray and wait for God’s answer. Actually, daily. 🙂 His answer is sometimes “yes”, sometimes “no”, and sometimes “not yet”. He knows His plan for me. I thank God that He loves me and has a perfect plan already in place for me. 🙂

  4. Toni Shiloh says:

    God is good, Melissa 🙂

  5. I have gotten to know the waiting room quite well for the past nine years. It’s like a hospital while a loved one undergoes lengthy surgery. Every once in a while, someone offers a report from the operating room, so I can observe a little progress.
    I’ve been through all the routes, too, several times. There has always been hope for God has been at my side from the moment I entered the waiting room.

  6. Janet K Brown says:

    Great post. God is working. His answer is on the way! Praise God.

  7. Toni Shiloh says:

    Perfect description, Linda!

  8. Toni Shiloh says:

    Amen, Janet!

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