It seems like we’re always seeking out our next destination rather than focusing on the journey. When it’s time for me to go on vacation, the best time is the week leading up to the vacation. I’m packing my bags, making sure I have everything in order. I’m planning for what’s to come. It’s a week of anticipation. Then, when I’m on vacation, it’s almost never as exciting as the actual anticipation I had leading up to it.
In life, we wait for many things to come to pass whether it be a dream job, promotion, a husband, or a child. However, waiting for that dream to come to pass can seem more like enduring rather than enjoying. It’s funny how things reverse.
I want to carry the same level of excitement and anticipation for whatever it is I’m believing for God to bring to pass. I don’t want to remain stagnant. I don’t want to wallow or complain. I want to be productive and planning for what’s to come, just as I do my vacations. And, I don’t want to lose my enthusiasm when that day actually comes.
Here are a few reasons why waiting should be a season of expectation, and not endurance.
Learn to focus on the here and now.
Instead of wondering when your dream is coming to pass, you can take the necessary steps to prepare for your dream to come to pass. That’s a declaration of faith, but it’s also a prompting for you to move. This practice positions you to focus on the here and now — what you have in the present moment to prepare for what’s to come. Am I doing everything I can to ensure that I’m the best damn version of myself when that promise is fulfilled?
Grow deeper in relationship with God.
When you’re in a season of waiting, you have the time to focus on your growth and relationship with God. If you had that dream job, spouse, or family you envisioned, your responsibilities would change.
Now, as a young woman in her early 20’s, I have the freedom to create my work schedule. I am responsible for myself and how I manage my time. I don’t have different factors that determine how I use that time.
Recently, I decided I was going to go on a spiritual fast to deepen my relationship with God and gain clarity in certain areas of my life. This is possible because I have the time and freedom to do so. When you’re in a season of waiting, make use of that time in a way that’s productive to you and your relationship with God.
Develop the fruit of the Spirit.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” -Galatians 5:22-23 NIV
When I receive whatever it is that I’m believing for, I want to ensure that I’m in position to receive it. Are you prepared for what you’re praying for? In a season of waiting, our character is being refined and transformed. Though challenges may arise in a season of waiting, this produces and develops the fruit of the Spirit like love, joy, peace, kindness, and self-control.
A season of waiting is not meant to be overlooked, but it’s just as essential as the promise, if not more. How you manage your time in a season of waiting will determine how you manage your blessing.
Stay blessed, ladies!