“Waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting the heart to God about it whenever it intrudes upon one’s thoughts.” Elisabeth Elliot

Waiting is so hard and there is no stage in life where it’s not required.

We’ve all witnessed a toddler’s tantrum as they engage in a battle of wills with their parents over a simple toy. They want it now but it’s not their turn.

I recently watched a grown man throw a similar tantrum on the interstate when waiting sent him into a case of road rage.

You’d think we would learn over the years how to handle waiting with the amount of experience we have with it huh?

Perhaps we’re not really taught how to wait. Clearly, it doesn’t come natural and must be learned.

Elisabeth Elliott’s quote reminded me that waiting requires some things.

  1. Willingness to bear uncertainty
  2. Carrying within oneself the unanswered question
  3. Lifting the heart to God about it when it intrudes upon our thoughts

What uncertainty and unanswered question are you carrying today?

Mine is regarding my son’s illness.

Last week we planned a trip out of state for a second opinion regarding Elijah’s care. After a long talk with his pediatrician the day before we planned to leave, we came up with a plan that allows us to receive the same second look here. So, now we wait for another appointment as we also wait for his second endoscopy and biopsy on July 18th.

From the looks of it, at least from the perspective of the medical professionals, we are dealing with a chronic illness.

But I want a quick fix. I want to put my finger on the problem and fix it.


I fight the urge not to throw my own tantrum at times. I don’t like the word – chronic.

It intrudes upon my thoughts; it requires me to wait. It requires my son to wait.

Psalm 27:14 admonishes:

Wait on the Lord. Be of good courage, and he will strengthen thine heart: wait I say on the Lord.

The Hebrew word for wait is qavah which means:

-the straining of the mind in a certain direction with an expectant attitude. A forward look with assurance.

I lift my heart to God today. I look to him with full assurance not only on my son’s behalf but for whatever uncertainty you face as well.

Rest assured beloved that he will give each of us great courage and strengthen our hearts while we wait.

Waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting the heart to God about it whenever it intrudes upon one's thoughts. Elisabeth Elliot Click To Tweet


6 Replies to “WHILE WE WAIT”

  1. Elijah remains in my prayers, especially on the 18th. I’m praying divine wisdom and discernment for the physicians as they carry out the procedure and review the results. Praise God, His promises — His power — is also “chronic” in the sense that it is relentless! ((( Hugs ))) sweet friend.

  2. It baffles me, how can a God, such a HOLY God, as ours, put up with all of our shenanigans. I say this because on Good Friday, March 29, 2013, I had a widow Maker. Two stents latter I had 3 minor heart attacks, then a neck operation in 2014 because of a crushed spinal cord below my brain stem which resulted in neuropathy in both arms making me type with one finger, and two kidney operations due to 12 stones creating infections in 2015, notwithstanding is the fact that I need, now, a lower back operation because of slipped disks in my lower C-1, and C-5 producing enough pain that I cannot walk in my home without opiad medication, and a cane. BUT, the surgeon can’t operate because my MRI, and latter a CAT scan detected 2 blood clots in my right lung, and 3 aneurysms; one in my Aorta, and one, each in my two Iliac arteries to my legs which will be operated on on Monday so I can have a back operation.
    So I say to all who believe in the Almighty Creator, the Father and Son, the Lord Jesus, we have a true, and real hope in our waiting. He loves all of His children just the same as the one whom He saved from certain death from so many circumstances. Our faith leads us from grace to grace, allowing us to grow stronger and more attentive to the cunning ways of the serpent and his sneaky way of leading many away from the truth of the Lord Jesus.
    Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing. I have now come to realize the growth in my prolonged time of waiting. I never saw it before, but waiting is the perfect classroom for us to learn in. We are so focused in on our discomforts, and on our prayers, and outcomes we would certainly want to achieve. However, in the end, IT IS HIS WILL, AND NOT OURS that will be done!
    I know now what it means to walk in faith. Oh, we wait, but walk in the spirit of the Father’s son and we will be comforted.
    We all love, and pray for you and your family through this trying time.

  3. Callie, bless you as you continue to wait with your sweet Elijah. It is even harder because it is your child’s relief that you wait for, not just your own. John 16:33 gave me a bit of peace this week as I was dealing with something difficult. “I have said these things to you that in me, you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart I have overcome the world.” There are three things I pull from that scripture: 1)He gave us the words and His word so that in Him we might have peace. 2)In this world we will have tribulation. 3)He has overcome the world. I think the thing that struck me most deeply was the fact that it was Jesus who said it. He acknowledged that we would have tribulation in this world. For some reason that gives me comfort. He is aware of our struggles and our pain and He has provided His words and His Word to give us peace. And he has overcome the world. Praying for you dear sister and for Elijah! – Amy

  4. I continue to pray and wait on God for Elijah, and for you. May God bless and bear you up under the frustrations, tears and great love you have for your family. Our only hope is in Him who knows the beginning from the end. Bless you all. 😉

  5. I think I need to put Elisabeth Elliot’s quote on my screensaver. Wow. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.
    My heart bleeds for you as you wait. I’m so grateful for the gift of a publishing contract God has given you in the midst of this trial. He has already been down this road, and knows what is around the bend, for both you and your son.
    I’ll trust him with you