Lamentations 3:25-26: The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
A few months ago, a girl only a few years younger than I sat down next to me at the bus stop. She asked me what time the bus would arrive at the station. I answered and continued waiting for the bus in silence.
A few minutes later, she asked me if I am a believer. As a child of God, you always answer yes to this question. She proceeded to ask me, “How do I wait on God? How do I learn to be still?”
I gave myself a moment to answer a question. How do I encourage her with something that I struggle with myself?
“You learn to trust God’s timing,” I answered.
Living in a world that is constantly evolving, it’s hard to be still. What does that even mean? You only are allotted 24 hours in a day and there’s always so much to get done!
Practicing stillness is difficult for us, believers. As much as we pray, we also doubt that God hears us. We think we’re either praying too much, or not praying enough. We seek spiritual advice from our elders, yet they they tell us to do what we’ve already been doing.
Instead of using this time to ask what you want from God, ask him what does he want from you!
Mother Teresa once said, “We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature—trees, flowers, grass—grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… .We need silence to be able to touch souls.”
While we are asking God to answer our own prayers, it is important to never stop praying, and to also never be selfish with your prayers; ask him to answer someone else’s prayers. If you know your spouse is seeking a promotion at work, pray that God will be in their favor. If your girlfriend is going through an abusive relationship, pray that God gives her the strength to move on or the strength to stand up for herself. If you know a troubled young man, be his mentor in Christ, help him recognize his wrongdoings and help him understand The Word.
In this trial of waiting, it’s important to understand that God wants to see your heart and if it has good intentions. When God sees that you want to live by Him, He will grant you the desires of your heart. Also use this time to ask God to still your heart. Practice mediation, read your bible, and speak with other believers.
Be still and recognize that God will make the dramatic and necessary change that He wants to happen on his time, not yours.