How many of you are waiting on something?
Maybe you are waiting on a job, like we are. Maybe you are waiting on getting pregnant. Waiting on an adoption to go through. Waiting on a call from your doctor. Waiting for your boyfriend to propose. Waiting to hear back from that school/program/organization you're hoping to get into. Waiting on your order at Chipotle. (Hey, it counts!)
Chances are, there are several out there who are waiting, waiting, waiting to hear from God about something that will epically change your life, for better or for worse. My husband has been unemployed for over two months now, and this is not the first time God has made us wait and wonder as to what His plan may hold. Still, patience continues to be a quality that I'm constantly in need of.
About five years ago, we were waiting for another reason. We were trying to get pregnant. We had been extraordinarily deliberate in our plan to have a baby, seeking the counsel of others personally and professionally to help us in the decision to jump into the murky and unknown waters of "trying".
Months went by, and I was still not pregnant. There had never been any fertility issue on either side of our family, so when we first jumped into the ring we naively supposed we'd be making grand announcements within the first few months. And, so, we began down an emotional roller coaster that kept us on our toes two-weeks-at-a-time.
In effort for my husband to truly grasp the emotional toll that this process was taking on me, I remember making an analogy for him. Not getting pregnant, for me, is like unsuccessfully job hunting for a man. It's like, every time I see a pregnant woman out there, I think "Why HER?" Clearly, I'm qualified for the position! I'm perfect for it, I have all the experience and credentials I need. And every time I'm not pregnant it's like someone rejecting you for a job you're overqualified for.
I can remember a conversation with a close confidant about 9 months into our journey. I remember telling her how, when we'd first began to try to get pregnant, this would have been the month we had a baby. It was weird. I ached and longed to hold my own child, so it felt like there was no reason at all for God to have delayed the gratification. I remember this person telling me "But, just think, when you finally do get pregnant, it will all make sense. You'll look back and think 'Ah! This is why God made us wait!'"
Now, I know that there are readers out there who are experiencing infertility, even waiting, who are currently in the midst of devastation. I know that my story can seem like nothing compared to others who go through years and years of trials and hardships - so, I am in NO way trying to say that I know how that feels. I don't.
But, when you are in the midst of it - when I was crying out to God on my bathroom floor after getting my period each month, when I was weeping and cursing and questioning "Why not me? Why not now?"...all there is is either "baby" or "no baby"...there's no timeframe or logic or end in sight. So, all that to say, the year it took us to get pregnant felt like an eternity to me.
The year came to an end, and my first "fertility" appointment got changed to a "pre-natal" appointment. And even after I gave birth to a perfectly gorgeous baby 9 months later...I still had no idea why God made us wait. I still wondered why in the world I couldn't have just surpassed all that pain and ended up with my gorgeous baby the year before? What difference did it make, God, really?
Well...fast-forward to today, and here's one difference: My husband has spent the last few months getting rejected by jobs he's overqualified for. And I know just how he feels.
I can't tell you all the reasons God had for the way it all rolled out. I can't tell you how many lives it altered or how much we really grew as humans or as spouses through that journey. Some things are simply immeasurable.
But, I can tell you that now I know what it feels like to be married to someone who feels understood because of a time that God brought us through together. I can tell you that there is a reason (probably many) for the waiting - and that it is not in vain.
Growth is rarely comfortable. Change is almost never convenient. But, dependance on God, no matter how long it takes, is always, always productive. It's not that I have-to-believe-this-cause-I-have-no-other-choice. My life is a testament to His follow-through! He is faithful to answer and be with us no matter what the answer is.
You are not alone in your waiting, friends. And your waiting is not wasted.