“Take courage my heart, stay steadfast my soul, He’s in the waiting” (Kristine Dimarco)

Waiting. It’s a reality of life. Whether we’re waiting for a train or a bus to arrive or are simply at the traffic lights – waiting is in our everyday.

But there are also more poignant times of waiting. Good and bad. The positive ones come with anticipation, excitement and hope. It’s the waiting for the baby to arrive, the holiday, the fulfilment of a dream. Hope and expectation propel us through the waiting time. Gratitude and praise flow easily.

There’s also the waiting that’s undecided. They can be good or bad situations. The waiting for exam results, the job offer or the diagnosis. It’s a time of staying in faith and not letting anxiety creep in. A time for holding onto peace as you wait out the process.

Then there’s the hard seasons of waiting, the scary seasons, the ones with no end in sight and the not understood ones. It’s when we are waiting on prayers to be answered or for difficult seasons to end. Despair lurks, and fear can seem to shadow us. Keeping the faith, sustaining hope is the challenge.

But through it all, God is there. Present. With us in the waiting and working ALL things for our good and His glory.  With Him comes peace, hope and confidence that God has us. We need neither fear nor feel alone.

He is here in the middle of the struggle, in the in-between. In the not yet and in the not understood.” (Janie Taylor)

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.” (Psalm 28:7)