What to do in a waiting season?
A season where you are waiting for God’s answer and/or your next step...
Have you ever been in a season where you are like, WHAT IN THE WORLD IS MY NEXT? (slowly raises hand) OR you have been praying, expecting, and having faith but then you start taking things into your own hands because you want to see results now? (Again slowly raises hand) 🤦🏾♀️ Yup been there, done that, and still continuously learning how to navigate the concept of a waiting season.
So, what exactly is a waiting season?
This is a season where you are waiting for God’s answer and/or where you are waiting for your next step. This season is a season that makes you uncomfortable and tests your faith, your patience, and your endurance. It is a season where you try your hardest to be still and know that He is God.
Sometimes you feel like you are in the right direction of things and the wait is about to be over and then there are other times where you feel like this season is the longest season of your life because you think nothing is happening at all, which can lead you to be impatient, causing you to lean in on your own strength.
And to keep it all the way real with yall, I know all about the waiting season and being like okay am I supposed to be doing something right now, should I just be still, should I be chillin’, or is this just not for me.
I will be sharing a verse shortly that has really helped me with my waiting season, but before I do that I want to share with you something I experienced myself. I used to confuse a “waiting season” with a “season of lack",” which is not true at all, but for me, that is what it felt like. The definition of lack means the state of being without, and looking back I was never without anything, I was actually being prepared for what was coming. One thing that I had to continuously tell myself is: just because something is not happening at the timing that I have for myself does not mean that I am without and it doesn't mean that a delay is a denial of what I am waiting on.
It may seem and feel like lack sometimes, but it is actually building you up.
I have learned that in my waiting seasons my next levels require order - meaning I needed to heal or get some things right before I moved to my next level. And to be quite honest, your next move may also require a waiting season that allows you to get in order, that allows you to sharpen up on some skills, that allows you to forgive some people, that allows you to build your faith, there are so many things that your waiting season can be teaching you.
Don’t miss out on lessons that you need to be learning in your waiting season!
You all already know when you miss out on the lessons, what happens? Those lessons show up again and again until you pass them.
I know! 😩
But, moving on from those “lessons” being learned in your waiting season, let's take a look at the verse that I absolutely love that helps me practice patience and focus in my waiting season:
Habakkuk 2:3: “For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it testifies about the end and will not lie. Though it delays, wait for it, since it will certainly come and not be late.”
Let’s just point a few things out in this verse:
It is on an appointed timeline
It will not lie
It will delay, but wait for it, for it will certainly come and not be late.
That right there, just gives me hope to keep pressing forward because it affirms that everything will happen in divine timing and on the time that it all makes sense for my life, and I want to encourage you to read this verse and meditate on it for yourself.
So when you have thoughts of: “But what if it takes too long to happen?”, “What if I don't meet my deadline of when I want it to happen?”, or “This doesn't quite fit my timeline?”
Sis, pull out this verse for your reference to remind yourself that your waiting season is on an appointed timeline.
Next, practice gratitude. This is an important point because this helps you stay in a spirit of thanksgiving instead of complaining. Whatever you are waiting for, give thanks in advance for it, whatever you have accomplished for that day that goes toward what you are waiting for, give thanks, write it down so you can see your progress. Depending on your specific appointed timeline, your waiting season can be long or short, and this is why it is important to keep your energy lifted in this season.
Lastly, and this is in conjunction with what we talked about earlier and preparing for your next level - use this time to sharpen up your skills for what you are waiting on.
If it is building your confidence, practice getting up early in the morning to speak life to yourself in your mirror. Set mini-goals for yourself that say every Monday for 10 minutes I am going to look at myself and say, “You are bold, you are amazing,” and then increase that. If it is a financial breakthrough, during this waiting season ask yourself do you need to learn how to budget first? If so, what is the first step? Continue to challenge yourself and sharpen your skills.
Personally, one of the things that I have been praying for is for God to provide the divine resources that will help me to correctly budget and create generational wealth. So what does like look like for me? I have been getting things in order and making sure I write down every expense so I know where my money is going. During my waiting season, I am focused on genuinely and intentionally learning how to create generational wealth, manage it, and being profitable in my life. I have started to use an app to help me create a monthly budget, and I have been reading books and finding scriptures that talk about being the head and not the tail. This is the time to continue to educate me. Why? Because, in the appointed time when all this comes into fruition, I will be ready.
So, let’s do a quick recap of the points:
Use Habakkuk 2:3 to stand on and as a reminder of when you get a little impatient on waiting
Sharpen up your skills
Declaration & Affirmation: The vision is yet for the appointed time, by faith I patiently wait for it.
You got this!
Brit Lashae 💕
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Hey you! My name is Brit Lashae, Writer, Author, & Founder of Journey Written ®️. I created this blog and tribe to share everything I have been learning about wholeness, peace, rest, and freedom. A life where you are the best version of yourself inside and out.