Waiting Time: Wasted Time?

The last seven months…. How would you describe them? If you had to choose one word, what would it be? I’d love for you to share your word, and why you chose it, in the comments below.

For me, the word is: “Wait”. Wait. Wait. And wait some more. I grew up skateboarding and playing sports, so I love to go, go, go. Even if you’re not a “Go!” kind of person, I bet the last seven months have been too much “wait”, even for you! You’re ready for somethin’, anything….

Well, we just got a lot of something in the election. And things are starting to look promising for a vaccine. But even if everything settled down big time, tomorrow, we would all still need to… wait.

Again and again, throughout Scripture, the counsel of God to his people is this: Wait.

“…they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

And that waiting does not have to be un-redeemed time: wasted time. Waiting time, is time that God uses to pare away, to pull off old branches, old leaves that are no longer growing. To replant and provide better, fresh soil.

I do not like to wait – certainly not this much. But I trust that God is teaching me something vital – irreplaceable – that I couldn’t get any other way, in this waiting time. I trust that what can feel like wasting time – if I press into it in prayer – is actually waiting time that God means for good.

What word would you use to describe the last eight months? And why?

I would love to read your answers in the comments, below!


I did a longform interview (34 minutes) about listening for God and leading through crisis, with a good friend, Rev. Blaine Hill, for his great new podcast, “Leaders Learning”. I’d love for you to listen to it, and tell me what you think.

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