Happy weekend, dear gal. I hope you’ve enjoyed your Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends. I guess now it’s time to turn our attention toward Christmas. Do you practice advent? By definition, advent is a season of waiting with expectation and preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ nativity and His second coming. And that’s a beautiful segue into what I’ve been pondering lately…the act of waiting. Let’s talk about the beauty of waiting well.
On Saturdays we talk about inner beauty here at Dressed for My Day. I don’t know that I get as many readers on these days, but it’s important to me that I approach this style blog with a little balance. And for me, that balance means we think about the inner qualities of a woman that make her truly beautiful. I’ve discovered that truly beautiful women are those who have developed a little patience and have learned the art of waiting well.
I’ve heard it said that good things come to those who wait.
Well, that’s not scriptural or anything. But we do learn from the Bible that God grants good things to those who learn to wait on Him. When we wait for God, we gain valuable treasures such as strength (Isaiah 40:31), help or aid (Psalm 33:20), a lasting inheritance (Psalm 37:34), answers (Psalm 38:15), deliverance (Psalm 40) and hope (Psalm 130), among other things.
The woman who has learned to wait well is characterized by peace.
The woman who waits well is not fretting or manipulating others in an attempt to get what she is anxious for. She is content with the knowledge that God is always at work, He is good, He is attentive to His children’s needs and He is more than able to provide.
A woman who has learned to wait well has hope and so she radiates joy. She lives each day with expectation, not defeat.
I’ve noticed too that women who wait well have healthier relationships because they are not trying to do in or to other people that which only God can do. These women are at rest. Sometimes annoyingly so! Ha! While the rest of us are fretting, they are trusting and waiting well. But in the end, their reliance on God always pays off. And we envy the peace and contentment we see in their lives.
What does it mean to wait well?
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.”Isaiah 40:28-31
There’s waiting and there’s waiting well. We all have to wait, like it or not. But the rewards come to those who wait with the expectation that God is at work. We wait well when we do these four things:
- Take our hands off and truly trust God to work. We wait well when we completely let go and relinquish the work to God. This is difficult, isn’t it? But it’s not impossible.
Tip: To completely take my hands off of something that I am waiting for God to do, I change my prayers. I stop asking Him to do something or, worse yet, telling Him what to do, and I start thanking Him for working. As the situation comes to mind, I pray something like, “Thank you, Lord, for working this out for me. I trust that you are doing what is best in Your perfect timing.”
- Do what only we can do while letting God do what only He can do. I’m not waiting well when I try to do what God has said He will do. God changes hearts, restores, rebuilds, performs miracles, opens eyes, gives understanding, redirects paths, and so much more. What can I do? My job is to wait, to pray, to trust fully, to verbally confess to others that God is trustworthy, to thank Him (1 Thessalonian 5:18), to put one foot in front of the other and do what I’ve been assigned for that day.
- Anticipate good. The woman who waits well does not grow anxious because she thinks bad is going to happen, but she rests easier because she anticipates that God will always do what is ultimately good. Waiting well means we have hope instead of dread.
- Focus on truth rather than speculation. A woman who waits well is one who doggedly returns to the truth of God’s Word and the truth of her circumstances whenever doubt or speculations rise up in her mind. I think that’s the hardest part of waiting. The enemy of our soul wants to use our times of waiting to plant seeds of doubt and distrust in God. But the wise woman resists the enemy and steadily plants the truth of God’s Word in her heart.
What will you do this week to learn to wait well?
I’d like to tell you that I’m a woman who consistently waits well. But that wouldn’t be true. I’m a woman who tries to wait well. But I still grow anxious at times. And I still put my hands back in the mix and try to manipulate things. Each time I do so, I soon realize that I may have actually slowed the process down instead of speeding it up.
Let’s agree that waiting well is indeed a characteristic of a truly beautiful woman. And let’s work to develop this trait within. I’d love for you to share with me any thoughts you have on this subject. And let me know if anything I’ve shared here today particularly resonated with you.
Do you have thoughts you’d like to share about today’s topic? I’d love to hear from you today! I tend to take as much time off from work as I can during the weekends, so I may not reply to your comments unless you ask me a direct question. But I’d love for you to carry on this conversation in the comment section below. And you can know for certain that I read and value each and every comment.