The waiting is the HARDEST part, and here’s the reason why.
In 1985 the group Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers made a song called The Waiting. And in the bridge of the song they sing “the waiting is the hardest part”. Truer words have NEVER been spoken. Have you ever waited patiently or impatiently for something? Of course you have, we all have. We’re still waiting. It’s a diabolical holding pattern that I am currently in and it’s making my life miserable, or rather I’m making my life miserable by concentrating so much on waiting on this thing.
When you pray for something, our microwave mentality thinks that it’s suppose to come right away. With the snap of our fingers and a click of our heels that job, that money, that spouse, that car, that house, that WHATEVER you’re waiting for is suppose to show up immediately. Who wants to wait?! But alas that’s what we end up doing. You pray and put it out in the universe and then you wait. My absolute favorite quote in the whole wide world is by Ralph Waldo Emerson that states “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” So you’ve made a decision about something, you pray for this thing, the universe hears it and now it goes to work. That’s why the waiting is the hardest part because the universe is preparing the path. No one said the answer was coming in the next second. Now the universe is preparing you and the thing to come together. This may take hours, days or even years. Talk about a suckburger.
I’ve personally been praying for something for eight years….EIGHT FRICKING YEARS!!!!! (trying really hard not to curse). I’ve cried, cursed, yelled, screamed and have worried myself to exhaustion because I’m thinking now the universe won’t answer this prayer. And you know what REALLY sucks (ass)pirin? (told you I’m trying not to curse) Seeing people all around me getting with what seems great ease the very thing I have been on my face pleading for. I know life isn’t fair, but daggone it life just isn’t fair! There’s a saying that a delay isn’t a denial, but if we are real with our impatient, often bratty, imperfect selves we know that a delay feels like a denial. Who wants to hear that it may take 15 years for your husband or wife to show up after you’ve prayed for marriage? Who wants to hear that five more people will get promoted ahead of you before your promotion comes? Who wants to hear that your manuscript will get rejected 167 times before it’s published? NO ONE!! But it’s part of the process of the universe preparing you. It SUCKS, but if God has put it in your spirit you have to trust with every fiber of your being that it will come to pass. You have to keep calling that thing into your space even when it seems like it’s not going to show up. At times you’ll pray through clenched teeth and crocodile tears but you have to keep calling it. You have to get on your face and pray God’s word over it. And after you do that you have to go on with your life. It’s going to be hard but you have to do it for your sanity’s sake! You can’t keep checking on it, peeking at it or making sure it’s still on God’s checklist. You have to let it go and let God work. You don’t like people micromanaging you right? What makes you think God likes it? He created the universe and all that’s in it, I’m pretty sure He can what handle you give Him.
So make your decision, pray about it, nine times out of ten you’ll have to wait on it. So why not go get some ice cream, take a walk, catch up with friends or take a much deserved nap. Before you know it you and the thing will be happily dancing cheek to cheek.