Thursday, September 5, 2013

Life on Hold




I’m in a new season of life. I’m an empty nester – almost. I’m moving to a new house – but not yet. I’ve completed one work role and am hoping to take on a new one – eventually. My life is on hold.

Have you ever felt that way? The winds of change start blowing. The excitement begins to build. You’re standing on the brink of something…yet it doesn’t come. You feel the constant battle between expectation and irritation; the exhilaration of a new adventure and the agony of the wait. Or is it just me?

If waiting is unavoidable, what can we learn from it? What’s the take away from living on hold?

Wait well
If we haven’t learned it by now – God’s timing and our timing are clearly not the same thing! Like a pup on a chain wanting to run and play, I keep feeling the strangle-hold of waiting. But instead of becoming frustrated and biting those around me, I’m learning to calm down and wait. God wants nothing more than to turn us loose, but not until the time is right.

Talk with Him
We may feel we’re living on hold, but we’re not on hold with God. Our lives are not in a celestial queue waiting to be next in line. We don’t serve a “take a number and have a seat” kind of God. He knows us. He understands our frustration. He wants to talk with us. Have you grown tired of taking the same requests to the throne? Do you still believe He will answer your prayers? It’s essential to talk with God during the wait. Notice I said “with” and not “to”? When we talk to God, we do all the talking. This brings me to my next point…

Listen for Him
How many times have we poured out our hearts to God, laying our requests at His feet and then went along with our day? God didn’t say anything because we didn’t allow Him to get a word in. Sometimes God gives us encouraging words immediately. Other times, He whispers to us throughout our day. Are we listening for Him? Are we searching for Him with expectancy? Our day will be filled with God moments if we would only listen for Him.

I have to believe there is a reason for living on hold. I’m choosing to trust God is changing me for the better through this. If you’re living on hold too, let’s encourage each other. Let’s stand together instead of feeling alone. What are we waiting for?

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I put my hope.” Psalm 130:5

5 comments:

Cynthia Holt said...

Oh my, great word for me today! I seem to be in that holding pattern. Starting a new business and it's like I can reach out and touch the good side of the start up but, not yet.
Thanks Jen for the word!

Jennifer said...

Glad it met you where you are today! :)

gloriaashby said...

Instead of living on hold, I like to think of it as living in transition. What feels like I'm waiting on hold has often been God going ahead and preparing the way.

Good reminders of how to use that time "in between" where I am and where God is taking me.

Cori Salchert said...

You too, huh? Beth Moore said once in her Texas drawl, "You're going to get exhausted if you're waitin' on the thang!" That's why the Bible says, They that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength.
I'm waiting too, sister. Am so encouraged to keep pluggin' away doing dishes, transporting children all over creation, another load of laundry....being faithful to do what I know I can do, while I wait for Him to show me whether I'll be brought back into some kind of more "formal ministry" again.
I appreciate seeing your smiling face on this blog and the blessing of knowing I'm not alone in this deal of wondering whether God's going to move or "this is it" which is waaay more than I deserve anyway :)

Jennifer said...

Gloria, I too am so thankful for what God does in the time in between!

Cori, thank you for your sweet comment. I can't wait to see what God has in store for you. :)

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