Learning to Wait

Learning to Wait

Photo Credit: Kelvin Balingit on Unsplash

By Joan Kelley

I have spent a fair share of my life in waiting rooms – waiting for grades, test results, job interviews.  To be honest I’m not very fond of them. Probably because I don’t usually like the answer at the end of the wait and also because I’m simply not good at waiting.

Have you noticed how often in scripture God gives us one thing to do… “to wait”?

He calls us to reflectively wait – to take a look back at where we have been and to notice where He has been in it.

He asks us to expectantly wait – looking ahead with hope in Him for what might be next.

He asks us to actively wait – to be present right where we are and to acknowledge Him as Emmanuel – God with us.

There is simple yet profound power in learning to wait – past, present and future – in God’s story and in our own.


  • How might God be inviting you to wait in new ways in His Story – past, present, future?



Father, help us to pause and take in a fuller perspective of the Story as we learn to wait together with You.  Amen






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By |2018-07-10T13:29:24+00:00July 24, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

About the Author:

Joan Kelley is the Director of Facilitator Development for oneLifemaps and a facilitator and teacher using the “Listen to My Life: Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story,” a visual workbook to be used in small groups, mentoring relationships, workshops, retreats, classes, between spiritual friends, or individually to re-discover the storyline of the life they are authoring with God. More information is available at www.oneLifemaps.com or Email Joan Joan is also co-founder of a ministry called Sacred. (www.mylifeissacred.com) that helps people set apart space to be with God at guided solitude retreats. Joan also teaches a spiritual formation class on Thursday mornings at Willow Creek Community Church.

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