Waiting can be one of the hardest things we have to do in life. In this fast-paced, ever-changing society, we’ve become accustomed to getting instantaneous results without having to wait for it. However, when we’re called to wait for a door to open for a new job or our financial situation to change, we become impatient and want to give up. As I was driving to the beach today, this bible verse came to mind: Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. I have learned from personal experiences that God’s ways and timing are far better than mine. A delay is not always His denial.

There’s a lot of good that can occur in waiting. We learn about ourselves and behaviors that we need to change, our hearts are renewed, and faith is demonstrated. Sometimes we have to be prepared for a blessing before it’s actually given to us. What parent would give their children the key to their car if they weren’t ready to drive it? I know I wouldn’t, so why do we think it should be any different for us?

Whatever you’re waiting for today, do not give up on your dreams just because it looks like it’s never going to happen. If you ask any actor in Hollywood how they made it to the big screen, I’m sure you would hear how someone had to persevere against all odds before landing their first big break. This definitely gives true meaning to the old saying “Anything worth having is worth fight for.”

I pass by a picture of Abraham Lincoln every day at work. It has the word “Perseverance” on top with a list of all the failures he experienced before becoming the 16th President of the United States. I like to look at this picture and reflect sometimes. It’s a true depiction of perseverance; what happens when you don’t give up in the mist of obstacles. If Mr. Lincoln had given up when he failed in business or thought maybe a career in politics wasn’t right for him when he was defeated twice for U.S. Senate and the nomination for Vice President, then he wouldn’t have stayed the course to become the president of this country.

Just because something doesn’t happen when we expect it, doesn’t mean we’re not on the right path. We just have to wait, remain on course, and exercise patience. Remember we all have a purpose in life, so walk it out, and wait for your perfect timing!

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