Struggling with a Wait Problem

Struggling with a Wait Problem

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The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him. Lamentations 3:25

I’m not a very patient person.

There, I’ve said it. I hate to wait for something—especially if it’s something important to me.

And the world where we live tries to tell us that we don’t need patience. Everywhere we turn we’re promised instant answers, instant success, instant happiness. If we listen to the world, fulfillment comes more from a single, instant choice, than anything else.

Unfortunately, with all these instant answers, come fleeting results. As quickly as something comes, it goes. Happiness is momentary, security doesn’t last, and fame is only available in fifteen-minute increments.

God on the other hand, promises us something different.

He promises us good things when we wait. He understands that lasting results take longer than an instant. He also knows that as we grow and mature, our wants and needs will also grow and mature.

When I first started on my writing journey, my goal was to have a book published. Which book was less important than just the fact of having a book. To me, publishing a book signified a certain prominence.

But through the process of waiting for that first book (13 years of waiting—to be exact) God taught me that it did matter which book I published. He used that time of waiting to refine me and grow me up into the writer who could actually write the book He had for me and write it well.

We think of waiting as this thing we must to do to reach our goals and dreams. Truthfully they’re being accomplished AS WE WAIT.

Waiting isn’t a static barrier we must burst through to reach our dreams—it’s the vehicle we board to make the trip.

Today I challenge you to look at waiting as an active process. Ask for new eyes to see what’s really happening around and through you. Then rejoice in the journey, as God uses waiting to bring your dreams to fruition.

Edie Melson About Edie Melson

Edie Melson—author, blogger, speaker— is the author of numerous books. She’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world in person and on the web. Connect with her on and on Twitter.


  1. Great way to look at waiting, Edie. God sees it differently than we do.

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