We are all familiar with the four quadrants that make up a full period of 12 months known as the spring season; the summer season; the fall season and the winter season. However, no one discusses or appears to be looking forward to an additional period that can happen and be interwoven in the above quadrants at any time called “the waiting season.”
In life, God promises us abundant blessings, yet often places us in a waiting season to receive them. In Genesis Chapters 15 & 16, God told Abram and his wife Sarah they would have a child and Abram would be the father of many nations. This was a promise beyond comprehension, but in order for it to take place there were sacrifices, tests, and acts of faith that lasted 25 years before they received their promised son, Isaac.
We know that Sarah doubted and took matters into her own hands in her waiting because it got too long. This happens to us also, our waiting season for God to answer our prayers is longer than we want so we do as Sarah and begin to second guess his word and take matters into our own hands. But after all of our mess ups, God is still faithful! He is not a respecter of persons, he did it for Sarah and he will do it for us.
Remember, waiting can often be our greatest test of faith and is often necessary. Not because God is trying to teach us patience or obedience, although those are often added benefits that result from our wait, but Isaiah 55:8-9 says his thoughts are higher than our thoughts. Even though the wait is hard, believe me, I have been in this season more often than I cared to be; I know waiting is a part of God’s plan for us and it is a sign he is working on something bigger than what we can imagine.
This past spring I bought some perennial seeds for planting. On the picture they were beautiful multi color lilies; however, when I brought the packet home to put them in dirt the directions read “days to bloom – 365.” I realized although the seeds will be planted this spring there is still the waiting season for the plants to bloom and appear as the picture indicated. Although, I see what the end result will look like, I still have to plant, water, and wait for them to bloom.
That is the same way God deals with his children in everything. Although we have planted in faith about spouses, jobs and children; watered with the word and make confessions, there is still the waiting season for the harvest. For those of us who are in our waiting season, be patient and keep trusting… God’s got you covered!
Cynthia R. Bennett is a licensed Evangelist and Founder of This Journey Ministries. You can reach her at email@example.com.