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3 Ways to Wait Well

Greetings from my new office space! My sweet husband allowed (and helped) me transform a section of our spare bedroom into a peaceful and inspiring work environment for me! I was having a difficult time being efficient and productive from our couch. Don’t worry, Duncan has made his home at my feet and seems to be just as content; so all is well in the Chupp household!

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As I have been readjusting to life after vacation, I was praying about what God wanted my next blog post to be about. He usually picks something that I am dealing with personally and then leads me to write about it for others to read as well. It’s actually a quite vulnerable position to be in; yet, somehow, even more so healing and therapeutic as well.

This year, one of my growth points is in the topic of patience. We live in a society where patience is an almost distinct virtue! We want what we want and we want it now- no exceptions!

As I was driving a few days ago, I was listening to music (as always) and the song While I’m Waiting by John Waller came through the speakers of my car. I’ve heard this song nearly a thousand times, and without fail I find myself shamelessly jamming out to it each and every time. However, something was different as I listened to it that evening. I felt the words somewhere deep within my soul as if they were written and sung solely for me.

The beautiful and powerful words are as follows:

I’m waiting, I’m waiting on You Lord
And I am hopeful, I’m waiting on You Lord
Though it is painful, but patiently I will wait

And I will move ahead bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience

While I’m waiting I will serve You
While I’m waiting I will worship
While I’m waiting I will not faint
I’ll be running the race even while I wait

I’m waiting, I’m waiting on You Lord
And I am peaceful, I’m waiting on You Lord
Though it’s not easy no, but faithfully I will wait
Yes, I will wait

And I will move ahead bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience

While I’m waiting I will serve You
While I’m waiting I will worship
While I’m waiting I will not faint
I’ll be running the race even while I wait

I will move ahead bold and confident
I’ll be taking every step in obedience, yeah

While I’m waiting I will serve You
While I’m waiting I will worship
While I’m waiting I will not faint

And I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting
I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting
I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting on You Lord

As I heard these words and allowed myself to ponder them, I honestly believe that the Holy Spirit was working inside me giving me instructions during my time of waiting- waiting for change, improvement and my dreams to finally take shape!

Quickly I want to go over what I believe to be the 3 ways to wait well:

  1. Serve in the waiting. So many times we want things to be handed to us without having to work at or for it. This isn’t how God intended us to live. We need to be willing to serve the Lord and others while we wait for God’s perfect timing in our lives.  A real example of this is Jesus Himself. When He was on this earth as man, the Bible said He came not to be served but to serve. He was waiting for God’s ultimate purpose for His life to be fulfilled at just the right time, yet He used each moment of His life wisely serving others and in turn leaving a lasting legacy of change behind Him. I believe we should strive to do the same!
  2. Worship in the waiting. If you have read any of my blogs you are well aware by now that I thrive off of worship. It comes extremely easily and naturally for me. I have learned, however, that worship does not simply mean lifting your hands while singing along with a Christian song. Worship is an attitude of the heart. It’s surrender. Surrendering to the plan and path that your Father has for you. So while you’re waiting for that previously revealed promise to be fulfilled, or you’re waiting in the dark, worship- or surrender to- the only One who can provide the peace and strength your soul craves.
  3. Don’t faint in the waiting. I recognize first hand how easy it is to desire to give up on trying- or on everything in general. When things are darkest, it’s almost as though there is a piece of wool over our eyes making it impossible to see the proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel”. I want to encourage you to make a declaration today that you’re not going to give up- you won’t faint. Cling to what you know to be true. Memorize it so when you find yourself struggling to locate the path with the “wool” of fear, heartache, confusion or doubt pulled over your eyes, you can pull from the recesses of your mind that which is peace, love, clarity and certainty.

Paul wrote in Philippians 3:14 “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” When you think of this life as a race, you will be more likely to realize that there is a finish line. Something to look forward to and push towards.

As you press on towards that prize (whatever that is for you) I encourage you to, as John Waller so simply penned, “Move ahead bold and confident taking every step in obedience.” Do these three things I mentioned above with this attitude in mind and you will find yourself looking back at your season of waiting and realize that you did indeed “wait well”.

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One thought on “3 Ways to Wait Well

  1. I LOVE THIS! With having to do a lot of waiting lately, it has reminded me that fainting is not an option. He is in control of the quiet moments and will be all we need Him to be.

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