God always answers prayer.
Do you believe that?
Because it’s true. God answers prayers in one of three ways:
A yes answer is great to hear and somewhat easy to see.
No, and Wait, can sometimes be confusing as they initially look similar.
When God’s answer is no, it’s just a matter of waiting long enough to make sure the answer wasn’t, “Wait”.
Have you been there? Have you prayed for that promotion, or new “dream job”. Have you felt the pull to start your own business? Are you unemployed and seeking the Lord for your next workplace calling? Are you starting to chase down that dream that God put in your heart a long time ago?
You’ve been praying about it, sought counsel form other godly people, read scripture, and even written out the list of pros and cons.
God didn’t say Yes yet, but He didn’t say no either.
Once, when I was unemployed for a season, I desperately sought God for a job. I have always worked outside the home out of financial necessity, but God used that time of not working to force me into seeking His placement for me instead of just finding a job.
When I was about to start my business, I waited four seemingly endless months for God to give me the green light.
Whatever your situation, God can use your waiting room. What do you do while you are waiting? Here are three ways to make the most of your season in the waiting room:
1. Increase your intimacy with God
The number one excuse people give for not spending time with God is time. But that is an excuse and nothing more. We all have time for the things we love. We make time for our kids, spouse, friends, and hobbies. Why? Because we value them.
When you spend time with God, you tell Him he is important to you.
Use the waiting period to establish regular, consistent time alone with God. Get up a little earlier: focus on a certain chapter of scripture; dig deep into God’s word; start a prayer journal; listen to worship music. Do whatever it takes to increase your intimacy with God.
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2. Increase your relational dynamics
The first thing we want to do when we are going through a waiting period is to isolate ourselves and throw a pity party for one. This is the worst thing we could do in the waiting room.
Spending too much time alone makes ones thoughts become inwardly focused to the point that they are a hindrance instead of a help.
Spend time with others in the waiting room. Have you ever noticed that when you are in a doctor’s office waiting for your appointment that the time goes by faster when you spend it talking with and getting to know the other people in the waiting room with you?
The same is true in the waiting room of your career.
Nurture your existing relationships, and make an effort to build new ones as well. Iron sharpens iron, and relationships with others have a way of making us better and more prepared to hear God when He speaks to us. God often uses people in our lives to confirm what he has laid on our hearts. If you isolate yourself from others, you may miss the answer God is giving you.
3. Increase your self-management
Use your time in the waiting room to prepare you for what is next. You may not know what is coming, but God does.
Will the next step from God require you to have more stamina? Or knowledge about a subject? Or to be healthier? Or have some past heart issue resolved before He moves you forward?
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Take this time to take care of yourself. Take walks or start a new exercise. Read a book about something you have always wanted to know more about. Commit to eat healthy. Spend time doing something you love (that doesn’t involve your computer or phone). Write in a journal to purge bad thought patterns and habits.
When you take care of yourself in the waiting room, you will be ready when God gives you the green light, or your next step.
These three things aren’t the only way to spend your time in the waiting room of your career, but they are three things that will help prepare you for what is ahead, even if God’s answer is no.
What about you?
Can you think of a time when you were in the waiting room of your career?
Are you in it now?
What thing did/do you do while you are waiting for God’s answer?
Share and you will be helping others who are waiting too.