When the answer is wait.

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(Written as a devotional for She Reads Truth, #SheSharesTruth Challenge)

Can I be honest?

People throw it around a lot. That phrase.

“Wait on the Lord.”

After the breakups, people said it.

When I graduated college and didn’t know what to do with my life, people said it.

When I wanted that thing to happen that wasn’t happening, I knew I was supposed to, yep, do it.

So then I’d say I was surrendering my desires and my plans, all the while, hanging onto those desires and plans.

I’d say I was “waiting on the Lord,” all the while waiting on that thing I wanted.

A marriage, a job, a car, a house, an answer, a whatever….I waited on all those things quite effectively under the guise of “waiting on the Lord.”

I carried out the first part of Psalm 130 perfectly: “Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice.”

Night after night I did that.

But I completely missed the second part. “But there is forgiveness with You, that you may be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, and in His word do I hope. My soul waits for the Lord.”

Because learning to fear Him is part of learning to wait on Him.

Because pride is the opposite of humbly fearing.

And pride causes us to wait on our desires.

So He breaks our pride.

By revealing the sin that devastates our relationship with Him. Driving us to our knees, reorienting our cries to and for the only one who’s worth crying out to and for. 

To the only one who’s worth waiting for. 

But then.

He reminds us that He forgives that devastating sin. And our worship of this fleeting life is utterly shattered. And is replaced by awe, reverence, and fear of Him.

And we see His abundant love.

So we start fearing Him and stop fearing what we want. So we praise Him and stop praising what we want. So we see the futility of what we want against the backdrop of His worth.

And in that, we see the glory. His glory.

When the things of earth grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.

And then.

The waiting is redefined: “It’s the bowed-head, soul prostate refusal to take the situation into our own hands. We’ve trusted, we’ve delighted, we’ve acted, and now we say “Let the Lord do what seems good to him!” (2 Sam. 10:12). And then we are still before him. We are waiting, after all. Waiting. Holding on.” (Desiringgod.org)

Not for what pleases us, but for what pleases Him. 

And that’s how we learn to wait for Him.

And our hearts become clay in the potter’s hands. Our hearts bow. Our hearts want what he wants, whatever that might mean, because our hearts long only to see Him, to see His glory. Because we are in awe of who He is. Of His worth. Of His love.

And we are doing something. We’re waiting. And we’re hoping in His word. Hoping in Him. Not in the things that will come through Him.

And then there’s the third part of that Psalm:

“O, Israel, hope in the Lord, for with the Lord there is lovingkindness”

“And with Him is abundant redemption.”

So we hold on. We trust. We wait.

Reveling in the love and forgiveness that abounds.

Because we know.

In the waiting, after the waiting.

There will be lovingkindess. 

And.

There will be redemption. 

Abundant redemption.

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51 thoughts on “When the answer is wait.

  1. Yes!
    Love this, Lauren. You “nailed it.” 🙂
    I must confess that I am thankful for the waiting because it’s there that I am quiet enough to really see Him.
    I so loved visiting your blog tonight. So glad you linked up at She Reads Truth. 🙂

    • Amen Lyli! Isn’t it so crazy how we end up thankful for the waiting “because it’s there that I am quiet enough to really see Him”?!? I love it, love it. Thank you so very much for visiting:)

  2. Thanks for your words I can totally relate to waiting on God for what I want and feel very convicted right now. God brought me very low last year to teach me to trust fully in him and whilst it was so hard I am so thankful of the change of relationship in which I now live. Praise God for Abundant redemption!

    • You’re so so right! It can be so hard but the lessons He teaches during the darkest of nights end up the very lessons with value beyond compare. Praise the Lord for you and beautiful your testimony! Isn’t it amazing how the truths of Scripture cross all situational boundaries?! xxx

  3. Thank you! Your reflections on psalm 130 are an enlightening, and challenging, new angle of understanding for me. Wait on the LORD!!

  4. Lauren, thank you so very much for your blog…..I know for me, living in a’ get it’ yesterday world, and things moving so fast, that sometimes I fall into that trap ……but I do need to wait, wait on my Lord whose purpose and plan for my life is going to be far better than my wants or needs……yes I love that lovingkindness is the end result….that redemption comes too….. God bless you Lauren…x

    • Amen, amen, Tina! Isn’t it the truth?! Learning to wait can be so tough…but what a joy and a privilege it is to see His plan emerge that is far better than what we could fathom. And then the lovingkindness…Yes, yes! Praise the Lord for you and your tender heart:) xxx

  5. Are.you.kidding.me!?!?!?!?! You finished the sentences in my heart in a way I couldn’t write them. I need to read it over and over and over. This blog post…… I am refreshed in my confidence that He sees me. I feel understood. You know the pleasure of drawing close and the simultaneous pain of dying to self and what life is/was just supposed to be….. Says who?

    • Kelsi! Girl, I love your words! So sweet to my heart. You put such a big smile on my face. Praise the Lord for His truths and for the way they work in lives. Wow, I am continually in awe. You put it absolutely perfectly: “The pleasure of drawing close and the simultaneous pain of dying to self.” Yes, yes!:)

    • Morgan, praise the Lord!! And yes, yes! Please revisit, I would love nothing more than to get to know you in this blogging world of believing sisters:) I love the way you put that: “from a fellow SRT sister”…so perfect! 🙂 xxx

  6. I love everything that you wrote here Lauren! I can relate so much!

    “Because learning to fear Him is part of learning to wait on Him.”

    — This! And in the waiting, he gives us more than what we ask for, He gives us Himself! Our deeper experience of who He is! Thank you for sharing your beautiful post! 🙂

    • Oh yes! Praise the Lord! Thank you for your encouraging words, tender heart, and that truth!: “He gives us more than what we ask for, He gives us Himself!” Love, love, love it. 🙂

    • Melissa! Oh my goodness I wish we could meet! Praise the Lord for a kindred spirit-sister in Christ:):) Blessings on you! Let’s keep in touch in this little blogging/social media world! xx

  7. Thank you for this post and link to SRT. So true about the pain that comes with the refining in the waiting process, but also the certainty of lovingkindness and redemption. Inspired by your words today. Thanks for sharing!

    • And I am touched by your words and your tender heart! Isn’t it the truth!? The pain is nothing compared to the beauty…preparing us for an eternal weight of glory that far outweighs them all. What hope the “certainty of lovingkindness and redemption” brings–I love, love, love it!

  8. “And our hearts become clay in the potters hands.” I love this! That is the point He yearns for us to reach. It took me MANY years to get there, but Oh, the glory and simplicity of it! Brings to mind the chorus “Have thine own way, Lord. Have thine own way. Thou art the potter, I am the clay. Mold me and make me after thy will, while I am waiting yielded and still.”

    • Debbie, Isn’t it the most profound privilege and joy when our hearts sing that chorus you mentioned (I love that hymn too!)?! And it’s often in those tough waiting periods that we get there. “Mold me and make me after thy will, while I am waiting yielded and still.” Love it, love it!! 🙂 xx

  9. “So we see the futility of what we want against the backdrop of His worth.” Glory Glory Glory!! How profound are your words in the presence of a profound God. Your post exposed the gift of waiting on Him and all it entails. Thank you for sharing with us but even more so thank you for being obedient to what God put on your heart. This post just released something into your atmosphere from the Heavenly Realm and all you have to do is reach up and grab it.

    • Stephanie, I love that you phrased it “the gift of waiting” because, though we might not always see it as such right away, waiting truly is a gift! Thank you for such kind and encouraging words! Blessings!!:)

  10. Thanks for your words Lauren! So much of what you said resonates with me and where I’ve been at for what seems to be an eternity, but He is our hope (and our anchor (Heb 6:19)) for actual eternity and for that I’m so thankful!

    • Oh, Courtney, I’m so with you girl. I know the waiting can seem like an eternity, goodness do I know. But you’re right, He is our hope and anchor through every minute of it–and what a treasure that is! Yes, yes! Blessings:)

    • Oh my goodness you about had me in tears reading your comment!:) Praise the Lord for His truth–I love love love that it can resonate with people in such meaningful yet different ways; that it is active and powerful enough to cross all boundaries. Praying for you! You are a blessing! xx

    • Amanda, thank you! Thank you so much for allowing us this opportunity–what a blessing and privilege to be a part of something like this:) And thank you for all you guys do over at She Reads Truth! I’m a faithful reader and am continually reminded of the privilege it is to be amongst such a wonderful online group of sisters in Christ. There’s not much better than that!:) Blessings!

  11. SO good, Lauren!

    “So then I’d say I was surrendering my desires and my plans, all the while, hanging onto those desires and plans.” This has been me more times than I like to admit. Claiming to give it all to Him, but secretly keeping it clutched tightly in my hands and heart. There is such freedom in learning to wait on Him… thanks for the reminder!

  12. Thank you so much for sharing. Lately I have been reminded that God has a plan for us, a plan to gives us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11) but I’ve been impatient in my waiting. Through your words, I have become at peace and have have been reassured there is hope.

    • Grisel, oh my goodness, I’ve been impatient right there along with ya. But praise the Lord for His truth! I love how His truth transcends all boundaries and ministers to each heart specifically. Thankful for you! Blessings:)

  13. Lauren! You have no idea how much the Lord spoke to me through this post. Thank you, sister! There is so much beauty and grace in the expectant waiting, because He is there – yesterday, today, and forever!! ❤

    • Oh my goodness, praise the Lord! You’re right, so so “so much beauty and grace in the expectant waiting.” I love it! I love how His truth has the power to minister to hearts no matter the situation. What a blessing. So thankful for you and your heart! xx

  14. Hi there! Stopping by from SRT.

    Thank you SO much for sharing your perspective. It was put in a way that really made me agree on so many levels. It’s great to hear how others feel when this verse speaks to their soul. May you continue to be blessed, sister!

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