The Waiting Room

What do you think of when you hear "waiting room"? When I think about a waiting room, I picture it being cold, uncomfortable, lonely & frustrating. Most times, you are left in the waiting room for hours, until your name is called. 
Confession, I've been in a “waiting room” all summer. Not physically but mentally. Recently I graduated from college (yay!), but the one thing college didn't prepare me for was the job searching part after college. I searched, cried, prayed & repeated the cycle repeatedly. I felt like God kept shutting the door in my face. I would pray & think He finally answered my prayer this time, then boom the door would close again.
Then one day, God was like “what you think is a “no” really has goodness written all over it.” When He told me that I was like okay God, I hear you. A "no" from God can mean not yet; I know you read that like well I wish the not yet would hurry up because same. That's when I realized I was selfish with my request. I was asking God for XY&Z while I was in the “waiting room,” but I wasn't giving Him anything in return. I wasn’t spending real time with Him; I would give Him my second best while expecting the best from Him. For example, I would pray “Lord bless me with this good paying job because I feel like I deserve it ” but while I was praying this I didn’t allow Him to speak to me and I would start doubting/pouting when things didn’t go my way. I just felt like since I pray, pay my tithes etc., He would just throw the perfect job in my lap. LOL!
HAVE YOU BEEN SELFISH IN YOUR REQUEST WITH GOD? GIVING HIM YOUR SLOPPY SECONDS AND HAND ME DOWN WORSHIP?
So many of us think we must settle just to have the perfect job, house, significant other & etc. But the thing about God is He sees the BIGGER picture. We focus so much on the now, but God prepares us for the blessings to come. The "waiting room" has purpose & protection. The purpose allows us to draw closer to God and see that He is preparing us for something greater. God is also protecting us in the "waiting room" from things we desire, but God knows we don’t need. God made a promise to us that He is always fighting for us and walking with us!
Isaiah 55:8-9 ERV, “The Lord says, “My thoughts are not like yours. Your ways are not like mine. Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts are higher than your thoughts.”
I had to remember that God isn’t punishing me while in this “waiting room” but getting me ready for something great.
If you are in a “waiting room” right now, it might feel lonely and confusing, BUT it still has goodness written all over it. You might feel like God has forgotten about you, but soon He will call your name like in the real waiting rooms and the double doors He has for you will open wide.
 
Dear God, thank you for the waiting room even though I might find it frustrating and confusing. I know you are preparing me for something great. Help me not just to say “Let your will be done in my life” but help me to walk in it and believe it with my whole heart. I pray that when things do not go my way, I will remember that you are walking with me and fighting for me even when I can’t see it. In Jesus Name, Amen.
 

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