Why you should treasure the season of waiting

Life’s a journey, and God can teach us lots along the way if we’re willing to stop, wait and listen to him, says Danielle Johnston

My dislike of public transport began as a teenager when I travelled to Cardiff on a bus for the first time, ending up far away from my desired destination.

These days I prefer to journey in my own car, in my own time, choosing my own route.

With any mode of public transport there seems to be a period of standing and waiting, whilst checking and re-checking we are in the right place with the right money and the right ticket.

Time can seem to be wasted as we stop every five minutes for others to get on and off, taking numerous detours to arrive at our desired destination.

This can be frustrating as often we just want to get on with our own journey, yet we are left waiting.

These can be familiar mo ments throughout life, especially when we hit a crossroads. We may know that God has spoken and we know we need to wait, yet we feel there is so much to do and to get on with.

Standing, waiting at a stop!

We can assume that waiting is a time and place where things stand still, even causing us to think God has forgotten us.

However, this time of waiting is significant to the journey; it’s not a full stop, but simply a comma or a pause. Time to stand still so that we can hear God speak; time to reflect on life and allow God to communicate his plans and purposes for ourselves, our family and ministry.

Waiting is not a ‘no entry’ sign but a ‘not yet’ sign, for a very good reason.

Read the rest of Danielle’s article in the June 2016 issue of Direction Magazine


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