The Word "Waiting" Doesn't Mean "Do Nothing"

23 March 2011

Oftentimes, we seem to think that when we are told to "wait," it means "do nothing." For example, several ladies I know through blogs are of marriagable age, but most of us are not, and we have quite a bit of time until we will be going down the aisle, dressed in white.



Does that mean we have nothing to do until God brings our knight in shining armor into our lives, and therefore we must sit around twiddling our thumbs?

Not a bit of it! Part of waiting actually means DOING. God only gives us so much time on this earth--how can we bear to waste a minute of it?



Whether you be 13 or 30, it is a well-known fact that if you are unmarried, you have more time on your hands than you will when you are married. Take advantage of that time! Learn to cook and/or bake, and make a habit of trying one new recipe each month at least. Teach yourself how to cross-stitch. Do some housework and cleaning for young mother with little children simply to bless her. Learn a new language, and practice speaking it as regularly as you can.



There are SO many valuable ways in which we can invest our time! And through them, the LORD actually brings wonderful things into our life. For example, was Rebekah sitting around just waiting for her future husband to come into her life? No, she was going about her evening chores, drawing water from the well, when Abraham's servant approached her. And simply by offering to draw water for this stranger's camels, she was opening the door to a whole new stage of her life. 
By doing what God called her to do TODAY, she set the stage for all He wanted to do in her life TOMORROW. 
Chores may not seem that important; cooking may not seem that important; cleaning bathrooms certainly doesn't seem important! But when you do what God wants you to do TODAY, instead of idling away the time daydreaming, you would be surprised at all the wonderful things that come of it. 

10 epistles:

  1. "By doing what God called her to do today, she set the stage for all He wanted to do in her life tomorrow." --love it!

    Have you read Lady in Waiting by Debby Jones & Jackie Kendall? I really recommend the book. =D

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  2. Great post...I actually wrote a very similar post, though it's still in "draft". Even if a woman never gets married, it's still important to stay busy and learn new things. And "waiting" is practically as important as the thing one is waiting for, because waiting is everything leading up to it! :)

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  3. @Emily Grace -- I'm glad you enjoyed my post. :) I've actually never read "Lady In Waiting", but I think I've heard of it before. I'm going to go look it up.

    Have a blessed day!

    Elizabeth Rose

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  4. Wow, Elizabeth, this is so, so true! "Waiting" is full of beautiful, empty time you could fill up!
    Also, I was just wondering, what happened to your photo blog? Did you make it private?

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  5. @Guinevere -- Yes, I made my photography blog private. If you want to see it, you can email me at literarylaneblog@gmail.com, and I'll send you an invite. :)

    Have a blessed day!

    Elizabeth Rose

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  6. Wonderful post Lizzy, I absolutely agree! Any man worth his salt will not want to marry a lazy bum who sits around wasting her life away!

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  7. I'm still trying to learn everything I can and I'm not technically waiting anymore (I'm engaged). I think we should strive to constantly learn... I just picked up sewing about a year ago and would love to work on my French some more!

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  8. @Riah -- I agree completely! Learning never ends. :) And congratulations on your engagement!

    Thank you for commenting, and have a good evening!

    Elizabeth Rose

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  9. Great post! I completely agree. :-)

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