Wait on the Lord
If you are experiencing an extended period of singleness, you may feel like your life is stuck in some type of holding pattern. It’s easy to feel like nothing is happening and everything is at a standstill until you meet someone.
This does not have to be the case. You can choose to make the most of your life even though you haven’t found your forever person yet.
If you are a Christian and you’ve been single longer than expected, I’m sure someone has shared Isaiah 40:31 with you. It says, “But those who wait on the Lord with will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” I think this verse is amazing! I feel like a lot of people think that this verse says, “Those who sit still and wait on the Lord will get what they want.” That is not what it says at all! Let me break this down for us a bit so we can see the awesome truths God has for single ladies in this verse.
1. Waiting does not have to be passive.
This verse describes those who are waiting as soaring, running and walking. They are not sitting still waiting. They are continuing to move. When we are waiting on God I think we are often afraid to move. You know how when you were a kid at a theme park or something and your parents told you to stay where you were if you got separated from them and they would come back and find you? I think we’re sometimes afraid God won’t find us if we move. This may sound insane, but I have seen this in my own life. About 18 months ago I was offered an amazing new job in a new town. Even though everything told me that it was God’s will for me to move, I was still nervous because I had just started talking to a new guy and figured if I moved things wouldn’t work out between us. What a small view we have of God! He is all powerful, all knowing and present everywhere! There is nowhere we can go that He will not be able to work in our lives! Don’t feel like your life has to be put on pause until you have all the answers. Stay close to God, seek His will and take one step at a time.
2. Waiting doesn’t look the same for everyone.
Another thing I see in this verse is that those who are waiting aren’t all doing the same thing. Some are walking, some are running, and some are soaring. Everyone’s wait looks different. God doesn’t have a one size fits all formula for all his children. When I graduated from college I knew a girl who felt called by God to go on a yearlong mission trip called “The World Race.” While she was on that trip she met her husband. I immediately began to panic and think, “Maybe that’s what I should’ve done, maybe my husband was on a mission trip to and I’ve missed him”. I began to doubt God’s unique calling for my life. I knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that God had provided a nursing job for me and that His will was for me to be working full time, not on a mission trip. Stay close to God and He will guide you. Just last year one of my co-workers felt called by God to quit her job and move closer to her parents home. It was a really tough decision for her. God used that set of events to bring a wonderful Godly man into her life and they are getting married next year. Do not give into the temptation to limit the ways that God can work in your life or compare your journey with someone else’s.
3. God gives more strength to those who give their wait to Him.
This is the hardest truth for me to fully wrap my mind around. For God to renew our strength we must wait on Him. The NIV version of the Bible says, “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.” What does it mean to “hope in the Lord?” My study Bible says it means “to look expectantly to.” I think that is so beautiful! We need to be expectant. When a woman is pregnant we often say that she is expecting. She knows that she will have a baby soon, and she is excitedly looking forward to the arrival. Everyone around her celebrates with her by having gender reveals and baby showers. We need to have this same amount of excitement and confidence when waiting on God. It can be much tougher to wait on God since we’re not 100% sure what the result will be, or when it will come. We just need to have faith that God is a good father, and that He has good gifts in store for all of His children. The world will try to discourage you at every turn by questioning God’s goodness and trying to convince you that God has forgotten about you. Just as a pregnant woman feels they symptoms of pregnancy and can feel the baby kicking inside of her, look for the signs and symptoms that God is working in you. I promise, if you are seeking God and looking for evidences of Him working in your life, you will see them.
I hope that these three things can give you encouragement in your season of waiting. Do not give up before God has completed His work in you! Continue to patiently wait on Him and the amazing work He is doing in your life.