Time Spent Waiting Is Never Time Wasted

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Sometimes God calls us to wait.

Wait for healing. Wait for leading. Wait for fulfillment of a promise.

trust god in the wait

I waited more than four years for my daughter to take her first step, even longer for her to say her first word. 

I waited many more years than that to get a glimpse of the plan God has for her. 

I will be waiting until I get to Heaven to meet my five unborn children. 

When it comes to waiting, we’re all asked to partake. Sometimes though that in-between time can seem like a waste.

However, I believe God allows a period of limbo for several reasons:

  • to bring us to the end of ourselves
  • to prepare others
  • to allow us time to develop skills and character traits 
  • to show Himself faithful in the simple and mundane
  • to orchestrate the proper conditions.

God allows a period of limbo for several reasons. Trust Him! Share on X

Think about it. 

Purpose of Waiting

Young David would have never been able to handle all God asked of him as king if he hadn’t grown in wisdom and character and strength in the years leading up to his coronation (1 and 2 Samuel). And the Israelites had to be ready for a new king.

The woman with bleeding problems would likely not have had enough faith to believe a simple touch of Jesus’ hem would heal her if she had not been bleeding for 12 long years (Mark 5:25-34). And the Savior’s miracles needed to be performed at the right time to be preserved for all generations.

Moses needed the years of maturity to endure all he would go through in leading the Israelites to the Promised Land (Exodus). And the Israelites had to endure great hardship to be willing to leave their homes in the first place. 

Sarah and Abraham needed to develop a history of God’s faithfulness to trust Him in the outlandish promises He made them. And Sarah needed to be well beyond childbearing years before giving birth to Abraham’s heir so all the glory would go to the Lord (Genesis 17-21). 

Scripture is filled with stories of long waits. But those waits had purpose. Ours do too.

Trust God with an expectancy that He will act, that He is acting, even when it seems you are in limbo. He is faithful to fulfill every promise He has ever made, no matter how long it ends up taking. 

Trust God with an expectancy that He will act, that He is acting, even when it seems you are in limbo. Share on X

And that in-between time? It’s never wasted. That’s the time God uses to prepare us for the fulfillment of His promises. 

God uses that in-between time to prepare us for the fulfillment of His promises. Share on X

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LordPsalm 27:14

Reflections: Has there ever been a time in your life when it seemed God would never act? If that time of limbo has been fulfilled, what did you learn or how did you grow from it? If not, how can you open yourself up to receive all He has for you in the in-between? I’d love to hear how He is moving in your life! Leave a comment. 

I am always thrilled to link up with Suzie Eller for #livefreeThursday and this week’s prompt, “Limbo.” Also check out Suzie’s 30 Days to Life Shaking Study. It’s not too late to join! Click on the title or image to find out more or sign up.


By His Grace,



  1. Jon Stallings on January 14, 2016 at 9:12 am

    We (especially me) are often people who want it now. I have remind myself that God is always at work – even when I don’t think he is. Like you said I have to trust / have faith.

    • Jon Stallings on January 14, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      I ran across another blogger speaking about waiting – he actually wrote a poem.

      • Julie Sunne on January 14, 2016 at 5:13 pm

        Patience is not naturally my strong suit, Jon. I have much learning still to do. Thanks for sharing the link.

  2. Lisa notes on January 14, 2016 at 11:45 am

    I’m currently in a season of waiting, so this is a great post for me to read. God won’t let this time be wasted. Thanks for that reminder, Julie!

  3. Crystal Sunshine Hornback on January 14, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this, Julie! You are such a strong woman of faith, and I admire you! This statement got me, “Trust God with an expectancy that He will act, that He is acting, even when it seems you are in limbo.” OH, YES! Oh my goodness, how I needed to be reminded of that! Thank you for the encouragement today! #livefreeThursday

    • Julie Sunne on January 14, 2016 at 5:10 pm

      But by the grace of God, Crystal! He is my strength. Writing from a place of needing to hear it myself. Grateful.

  4. Cindy on January 14, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Oh Julie do I ever need your words! “God uses our in-between times to prepare us for the fulfillment of His promises”. Wow! Your perspective and wisdom have touched me today! Thank you for sharing what you’ve learned!

    • Julie Sunne on January 14, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      Learned and learning, Cindy. By His grace. You’re very welcome.

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Julie Sunne

Hello, I'm Julie, an imperfect wife and mother of four. Life in this broken world is not always easy. Yet, joy can be found in each day through the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I find it's easy for our day's blessings to get lost in its happenings. But God's "mercies never end" (Lamentations 3:22) and His "grace is sufficient" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

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