When All You Can Do Is Wait

Do you ever feel as if your hands are tied? It feels like you cannot make a simple decision. You are literally playing the waiting game. What can you do in that situation? Take a read!

Joy Lowery Russaw

2021-03-25 3 min read

Do you ever feel like your hands are tied? No matter what you do, there is not one decision that you can make. If someone were to ask you, “So, what’s next?”, you could not even answer the question. It is like you are literally helpless in your situation. Your situation seems to be “pending”. What do you do when all you can do is wait?

The answer to that question is quite simple, look to the hills from where your help comes from. Where does my help come from you ask? Our help comes from the Lord. But is the answer really that simple? We are human, so quite naturally, we fret. We are fretting over what it is we cannot control. We love to be in control of everything. Each decision we make and every move we make, we want to be in control of it. So, when it comes to a point where there is no room for us to have hands on, we become worried. In our minds we conjure the thoughts, “If this happens, this is what I will do” or “If it does not go in the direction as planned, this is what I will do”.

The only person in control of our future, is God. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us, “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”. He already knows the outcome of every situation we encounter. He knew what would happen, when it would happen, where it would happen, and how it would happen. There is not one situation we come across, that will catch Him by surprise. Why? Because He already has our futures planned out. The agenda is already made, the way has been paved. The key is, for us to follow His guidance.

When we feel helpless and feel that we have no say so, that is the perfect opportunity to simply WAIT. Take that opportunity to truly seek God, which we should be doing anyway according to Matthew 6:33. Sometimes all you can literally do is wait. Habakkuk 2:3 says, “For still the vision waits its appointed time; it hastens until the end---it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay”. So, whether it comes quickly or whether we must WAIT (if it seems slow), the vision of the Lord will present itself in due season.

 Sometimes God must tie our hands and give us no options. Because we often manipulate our destinies when it is not going the way we planned. The will of God cannot be manipulated in any shape, form, or fashion. In Philippians 1:6 it says, “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns”. We can procrastinate, manipulate, and even cancel assignments altogether; His will is going to go forth no matter what. Now what if I am not trying to manipulate my destiny, however, I really am doing what thus said the Lord? I am genuinely being faithful to Him and doing all that He asks. Guess what, even you too, must simply wait sometimes. When God has something major awaiting you, He does not want you to mistakenly mess that up. He is protecting you from a wrong turn. Better yet, He is setting some things up for you and perfecting a few things before He places that amazing thing in your hands.

When all you can do is wait, seek Christ in that moment. Really dig into His word and let Him know you trust Him. Trust Him in your waiting period, trust Him when it feels like everything is “pending”. The word tells us to trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding. When you do not understand the “wait”, remember it is not for you to understand. God knows what He is doing. Allow Him to move in your life at His pace.  When all you can do is wait, seek Christ during your wait.


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