Waiting. A protracted longing for something that seems like it’s never going to happen. This is my own definition. Waiting can be one of the most agonizing things in the human experience. God knew it would be. That’s why one of the fruits of the spirit is “patience.” And if we’re honest, it’s a fruit that seems to be bitterly painful. You may be waiting for a loved one to be healed, to be accepted to a college, to have a child or to see your marriage restored. Whatever the scenario, waiting isn’t enjoyable, but is about trusting our Abba Father even while you feel like you are in some kind of holding pattern. It’s the endurance of waiting that tests your resolve. Waiting isn’t a cruel game he taunts us with, he is developing your “spiritual skin” to be toughened up –to trust him, despite what you see. Just like you, I too am waiting. Not always in an angelic state of patience, I might add. I’ve wrestled with God, I’ve cried, but in the end I choose to give him thanks and praise him in the waiting. It is my greatest weapon against the enemy.
My sister and I were always excited to celebrate Father’s Day with my dad. One year, we gave him a button with “#1 Dad” printed on it. Now, this accessory wasn’t stylish or popular, but he wore it proudly to church and for the rest of the day because his daughters gave it to him. The Lord is proud to call you his child. You may not be the most popular or stylish. You may have a few bumps and scars from life, but he claims you as his own because he made you. He loves you. He wants nothing more than for you to know him and to lavish in his love for you. Today, know that God is overjoyed to call you his own! See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! 1 John 3:1