We hate to wait. It feels like something evil, because waiting forces us to waste time doing nothing. Those stolen moments—full of potential—lost forever. So cruel!

But not all waiting is bad. God created it.

Abraham had to wait. He was promised descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky, but he didn’t receive his promised son, Isaac, till he was 100 years old. Joseph had to wait. He dreamed God would significantly use his life for good, but it was only 22 years later, after much pain and distress, that he finally saw his original dream come true. These are not isolated cases. Hebrews 11 reminds us that many Bible heroes never received what had been promised (Hebrews 11:39). They had to wait for the time when God would bring everything together.

Waiting isn’t doing ‘nothing.’ It’s merely an interruption to our agenda. And in that moment – out of our control – God can speak and act.

Yes, waiting can be frustrating. But who knows? It may turn out to be the most important thing you do all day, all week, or all year. You’ll have to wait and see.