Relationships

Is It Really Worth the Wait? {From a Girl Who’s Been There, Done That}

On our first date, we watched The Emperors New Groove and danced around in the kitchen while making chicken salad. From a can. Canned chicken.

Poor college kids, what can I say?

A few days later, I was leaving campus for break. I wrote a note and slipped it in his mailbox while he was at football practice.

As I gassed up my car, I noticed a text from him, telling me to check my front step before leaving town.

Guess what I found when I went back to my apartment’s front door?

A letter.

I found a letter he had dropped off on his way to practice.

He hadn’t seen mine yet.

Is it Worth the Wait?

It was like our hearts were on the same wavelength. We both wrote each other letters without planning it.

That day, I knew something was different — something steadfast, something patient, something lasting.

In a world that moves fast and skips the lines, we uncovered a beauty in moving slow and standing steadfast on holy middle ground — on waiting on the Lord as he dared us to dance a little longer when we didn’t know the next step forward.

When we ended up having a 14-month engagement, there came a point in the middle of those months we both wondered if waiting until our wedding night it was even worth it.

Now, I can’t shout loud enough to anyone else waiting just how worth it the wait is. Now, I see the beauty of every lesson tucked inside the long days of a hard season.

Is It Worth the Wait?

So, here’s what I want to tell each one of you wondering if whatever God has you waiting on is worth it or if that wait will ever end:

YES, it is worth it. And the wait will end at the very right time.

Our world will give you a thousand reasons why it’s not worth it, and it’s only when you learn to live with a steadfast patience that you can understand just how steadfast God’s love for you actually is.

And I learned that the beauty of waiting is so underrated in our on-demand world. But I dare you to wait on the Lord in our on-demand world, anyway.

Because when we settle every fleeting desire in the moment instead of letting God work and shape our desires over time, we miss what it’s like to have our deepest desire–the one we’re ultimately trying to satisfy with all our instant gratification and destructive decisions–satisfied.

Persevere.

Press on.

Stay the path.

The long way is the narrow way but the narrow way is the life-giving way. And it’s more than worth it.

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
    they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31
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Jordan Lee is the creative voice behind the blog, The SoulScripts. She is passionate about seeing women set free by the love of Christ and works to bring them to that through sharing real, raw, and relatable stories and anecdotes with a creative spin. She launched her site in 2015 on a simple premise — to get real, to sort through the lies women believe, and to encourage readers in Truth while offering touches of comic relief along the way. She especially loves to keep it real by speaking openly into real-life struggles and offer encouragement through storytelling because she believes that our stories are the most unifying thing we have. The messy, broken, and imperfect parts of life are the threads that weave us together, reminding us that we are truly not alone. She understands the reality that we all have imperfections, brokenness, and pieces of our lives we’d rather not show. She recently published her first book, WholeheARTed: A Coloring Book Devotional, released this past spring. It is available for purchase via Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Lifeway, and more. When she isn’t writing, you can find her with a coffee in hand as she dives into the Word, jogging through town, and traveling the globe with her husband. You can get to know her more on Facebook, Twitter,or Instagram.

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