8.31.2015

Thoughts on the Waiting Room

Hi, Cassie's blog readers! I am so thrilled to be sharing here today, and in case we're brand spankin' new friends, allow me to introduce myself. I'm Amy {insert brunette waving emoji here}; I blog at Sweet Home Santa Barbara, but can most consistently be found on my social media outlet of choice, Instagram. 

I'm just your average 26 year old California girl whose commonly found with a coffee in hand, engaged in a heart to heart with a girlfriend or driving the 4 and a half hour coastal drive to visit my long-distance boyfriend. 

Oh, and my life was completely, entirely turned inside out and upside down by the radical love of Jesus almost 4 years ago. 

So, there's that. 

Those heart to hearts that I mentioned above are typically about whatever new way God is stretching or speaking to my heart, so let's have a virtual coffee date, shall we? You order your drink-of-choice, and I'll fully take advantage of the fact that I can order a Salted Caramel Mocha way before there are even signs of fall in southern California. 


I don't think we actually do get signs of seasons in SoCal, but that's besides the point. 

Today, I want to talk about waiting. I want to talk about the fact that life can often resemble one giant waiting room, and how sometimes, waiting is just plain rough. 

I wish I could hear your stories. I wish you could tell me about the times that you've found yourself waiting, and how it felt. I wish you could tell me all the things that you learned, because boy could I use that advice! {Comments below, maybe?} 

I've recently discovered how hyper sensitive I can be to the things that I want, but don't yet have. It's as though I somehow convince myself that I will never, ever, ever want anything ever again once I receive that which I'm waiting on. 

I remember as a single woman, watching my dating friends struggle with waiting for engagement. I remember sympathizing, and understanding fully how very real their pain and frustration was, but I naively convinced myself that I would never face such a struggle. 

At that point in my life, the "next thing" on my agenda was a dating relationship. Though I felt fully content in the Lord and trusted in His timing, there would be moments of heart ache and longing for that "next season." I truly believed that once God brought that relationship into my life, my experience of waiting for it would help me to enjoy dating with content bliss. 

And it did!

But not for long. 

I have not once stopped praising God for the gift of the relationship that He brought into my life, but the waiting? It didn't stop like I thought it would. As soon as I had my heart's desire, my heart started desiring additional things. 

Through this experience, I've come to accept that waiting is a part of life. Whether I'm doing the waiting, or I'm walking alongside a dear friend in their waiting, it's simply a familiar aspect of this side of heaven. 

And as such, I want to glorify God in my waiting. I want to experience the peace & joy that flows from the Holy Spirit, instead of wallow in the discontentment & impatience that I've gotten stuck in far too many times. 

I want to praise the God who comforts me in my frustration, who is big enough to handle my emotion, but who also births in me new hope & steadfast faith. 

The truth is, God doesn't owe us anything. He's already given us so much, and everything else flows out of His grace & love for us. His timing might not look like our timing, but that typically works out for us. His plan is always better, yes? 

So as we wait for His plan to unfold, let's remember a few things. Let's remember that it's okay to wrestle a bit. It's okay to grieve expectations that just haven't panned out.

But let's also remember the God that we serve. Let's remember that this life is all about His name getting glory, and He can sure get glory in my waiting. Let's remember all of the beautiful promises that He gives us in Scripture, like:

"The Lord will work out His plans for my life - for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever." Psalm 138:8

 and 

"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11

In the midst of our waiting, let's remember who is trustworthy. And let's grab some dear friends, and wait together. Because we were given fellowship for a reason, and no one likes to wait alone. 

How bout one more good one, for the road. 

"Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord." Psalm 27:14

Amy is a mid-twenties Southern California girl living a life transformed by Jesus, and talking about it whenever possible. She blogs at Sweet Home Santa Barbara, but can more consistently be found sharing her heart on Instagram at @sweethomesb, or @teamfitformore. 

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