What are you waiting on?

As I talk to women, young and old alike, I find that almost all of us are waiting on something.  Currently, I am waiting on my pregnant belly to get bigger so that I actually look pregnant!  Every day I wake up and check my figure in the mirror to see if some significant change has happened over night.  I am actively, and sometimes very impatiently, waiting for a bigger belly.


Other times in my life I have waited for other things.  Waited to meet the right man, waited to be engaged, waited for the wedding day to come.  Another season of my life that I avidly waited for was my graduation from college.  Jimmy and I were traveling every weekend and trying to get through our classes with passing grades.  I was taking 19 hours both semesters of my final year of college and Jimmy was taking 17.  Talk about a heavy load.  We were so excited for this season to be over that we made a countdown on a big poster board, which read on the back, “FREE AT LAST!”  Just crossing off another day each morning gave us hope that graduation day, and thus freedom from our tiring school work, was just that much closer.


So what does the Bible have to say about waiting?  A lot actually.  As I read through the Psalms, I noticed verse after verse about promises for those who wait.  Except there is one difference between Biblical waiting and what most of us do: the object of our waiting.  Almost every single time there is a promise in scripture about those who wait, it is only for those who wait ON THE LORD.


So what does that mean?  How does one wait on the Lord?  We can take a lesson from all the other waiting we do in life.  One thing we learn is that waiting is an active process.  It is an intentional looking for something and watching for it to come.  It is an anticipatory longing.  It’s as if you “have your eye out” for it.  Always aware of the lack of it you have.  It is in this way that we should wait on the Lord.  We should go through our day intentionally looking for God to speak to us and watching for Him to show up in our day.  We should meditate on His ways and cause our hearts to long for Him with anticipation.  We should “keep our eyes peeled” for the Lord every day.  Ask Him to reveal more of Himself to you, and then look for it to happen and watch for it daily with anticipation!


Waiting on God comes from an awareness of your lack of Him, or a consciousness that there is more of Him to be had.  If you are satisfied with how much of God you have, then you have no reason to wait for Him.  But as we grasp how infinitely rich His character is, we will realize how little of Him we really know and how much deeper our relationship with Him can be!


I believe that much of our sanctification as women happen through seasons of waiting.  Probably because our biggest struggle is a longing to be in control, and when you are waiting on something, you have none.  The hurdle we all have to overcome when we are waiting, is to make sure we are waiting on God FIRST and FOREMOST.  My challenge today is to make sure I am looking forward to getting to know God better more than I am looking forward to a pregnant belly.  It’s not that wanting to look pregnant is bad in and of itself, neither is longing for a God-honoring marriage or for school to be out.  But what do I long for MOST?  Is it God?  Is it to know Him more?  If it isn’t, I need to check my heart for idols I may have made out of His gifts.


The promises for those who wait on God are wonderfully encouraging.  Check this out:


Those who wait on God will never be ashamed (psalm 25:3), will inherit the land (psalm 37:9), the Lord favors them (psalm 147:11), they will never grow weary (Isaiah 40:31), and God acts on their behalf (Isaiah 64:4).  And there are many more!


So what are you waiting on today?  And will you choose to wait on the Lord with an even stronger passion?  He is the one thing you will wait on that is sure to never disappoint.  Let’s choose to wait on Him today.

9 Comments

  1. Kelly, I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to post all the lessons God is teaching you. I love to hear your heart and passion for desiring to put him first. When I first heard your husbands music it was a great tool for me to stay focused on truth and I treasured that. But sharing your page with young girls has been such a blessing not only to me but to so many young girls that are walking in confusion. Thank you for leading them to Christ and knowing God. That is truly the solution. Your writings are very needed. Thank you for being faithful and helping young girls know truth in a self-centered culture!!
    God bless you both in your service to bring glory to HIm

  2. Kelly,
    I am a 50 year old wife of thirty years and mother of two. A teenager friend of my daughter’s lead me to your site from facebook. Sorry, I’ve never heard of your husband. I’m not a big listener of music (I like silence) but do like some genres of music. (Like classical.) I am also a new blogger. I never saw this train coming! You are a beautiful young woman of God; it encourages me to see younger generations of Christians living out their faith, and reaching out to a lost world. I don’t spend much time reading blogs but am so glad to have had an opportunity to find you. Keep seeking Him!
    With Love and Blessings,
    Tina (Or just call me Mama T)

  3. Sarah

    Hi Kelly,

    I’m a musician here in Denver and was recently called to leave my band. I am 25 and now a stay at home mom with 2 small children. It’s been 5 days since my final show and I thought I was fine until this morning. lol I found Jimmy a couple years ago and he is my favorite artist! I can’t tell you how much he has ministered to me and my friends through his music. Anyway, I found your post and it was this sentence that put me in tears, “I need to check my heart for idols I have made out of His gifts.” WOW I have been so used to getting my approval, self-esteem, and confidence every weekend through the gift that God has given me. I have just realized this morning that it will be gone. I am angry at myself for making HIS gift my idol. I didn’t even realize it until being convicted just now. I am looking forward to what the Lord has for me in this sanctification waiting period and I am thankful for your post to help me see the true condition of my heart. Congratulations on your new addition!
    Blessings in Christ,
    Sarah G

  4. Bethany

    Kelly,
    Thank you so much for sharing what God is teaching you. Your words are so helpful and encouraging:) It is a blessing to read of how He is working in your life!

  5. I feel like I always learn so much when I read your blogs, Kelly! It’s so funny that I read this post this morning … just last night my sister and I were talking about waiting. We were listening to Fireflight’s new song, “For Those Who Wait”. And my sister asked, “What does it mean to wait on God? What does that look like?”. So this blog couldn’t have come at a better time. Thank you for the truth in this blog. It really encouraged me. 🙂

  6. Rebecca Palomo

    This is exacly what I needed to hear! For thoes who wait… Thank you!

  7. Joy

    Thank you so much for this. I started reading your blog even before it was a blog – when it was on Jimmy’s website. God spoke to me so much through those writings, and He always does as I reread them and am again challenged and encouraged.

    Your posts recently have been particularly timely and have really gone straight to my heart. I have struggled for a long time with disappointment with God, with distrust of Him (even though I know in my head He is Good), and with waiting. This has been in many areas of my life at different times, but particularly painful in the area of relationships. I’m 22 (not that old I know, but it feels like it), and I’ve recently seen so many of my friends get engaged and married while I am still single. I find it so hard to wait and trust God.

    Thank you for the reminder to wait on GOD. He has really blessed me through you today. I’ll be praying for you, and I look forward to reading your future blog posts. 🙂

    1. Camilla Bjorklund

      Hey I just wanted to let you know that I really admire women who aren’t just rushing off to get married as soon as they are graduated. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with getting married early (my mom and my grandma did) but I think it takes strength and security to wait. Keep waiting on the Lord, and He will fufill His Promises!
      God bless you

  8. Last night I asked God what is He wanting for me. And the answer came with this post.
    I have learned so much about waiting but now, more than ever, I want to wait and seek and trust in His promises. It’s the only way for me to know Him.

    May God bless you, your baby and Jimmy.
    Your lives are an example and inspiration.
    Can’t wait for the next post.

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