There are seasons in life when it feels like God has hit the pause button. We’re waiting for direction, waiting for a change, waiting on answers, waiting on others. There’s something about the uncertainty of what comes next that injects hesitation into the choices we make, things we do and relationships we have. Whatever it is, it can feel like we’re unable to keep living until SOMETHING happens! We successfully keep up with our daily routines, but deep inside, we know we’re not living at our best.
Our best life is the one God has equipped us for. A life where we are able to serve, share and grow despite uncertainty. Despite being in a holding pattern. Living our best lives while waiting on God means we don’t allow the unknown to cripple us because we trust Jesus who knows the future and has it under control. Waiting on the Lord inspires us with so much confidence that life’s circumstances loose their ability to inflict anxiety, distress or distract us from truly living.
How to Live Your Best Life While Waiting on God
1. Waiting on God Doesn’t Mean Your Destiny is on Hold
You won’t miss your life’s destiny because of where you are now. When you give your life to Jesus, you’re trusting your life in His hands and knowing eternal life is promised to you. That’s YOUR DESTINY. Trust the process and view your current time of waiting as a set up for something great here and now! Life isn’t about how quickly we advance through each stage or how soon we hit the next milestone in life, it’s about making the most out of the places and situations we find ourselves in.
2. Squash Fear with Faith and Trust
It’s been said, to err is human. No doubt, we won’t always get things right- that’s ok. Instead of being fearful of the outcomes of our actions, we can trust God to handle the things we can’t. Prayerfully give your decisions (and the outcomes) to God.
3. Run Your Race at Your Own Pace
Seriously, don’t watch others. Trying to gauge your progress by comparing yourself to others is not the point of waiting. Sometimes life slows you down or speeds you up. According to the Bible, we all get a crown when Jesus returns, so chill out and live at the pace and place you’re at. Make the most of the opportunities you have and learn to embrace the times of rest and reflection.
4. Be Flexible Enough to Surrender to the Will of God
Sometimes it feels like we’re stuck waiting on God, but the reality is He’s waiting on us to surrender to His plan for our life. Times of waiting are excellent opportunities to take inventory of our lives and ask the tough questions. Am I fighting for something that is harmful to myself or others. Is this really something that will bring honor to God? Sometimes surrendering our plans and ideas can be as simple as being flexible and being open to a different way of doing things.
5. Invest in Your Gifts
We all have at least one gift. Something you’re naturally great at and find joy doing. If you feel as though you’re stuck waiting for something to happen, take the opportunity to double down on your gifts- serve, share and grow! When you live your best life by sharing your gifts while you wait, you can inspire others to do the same!
In conclusion, again I invite you to view your time of waiting as a set up for something great! “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”(Jeremiah 29:11). Jesus invites us to cast our cares on Him because He cares for us (1Peter 5:7). What are your cares? What questions have you been waiting on answers to? What future decisions are keeping you up at night? Leave them with the Lord and LIVE!