And there in that cool, grey parking garage, I sensed the Lord ask me quietly, “Have I been a wilderness to you?” (Silence.)

As I considered that question, my tears stopped and my heart stilled. 

“No, Lord, You’ve been a garden to me.” And I meant it.

“Pay the money and be done. And learn to trust Me in a new way.” 

And I have. So here I sit, as I said, a little ragged—but whole. I’ve not lost a thing and I’ve gained something internal...and eternal that can never be taken away.

The one who follows God by faith will always be asked to wait. From the perspective of a lifetime, we can see that at least as important as what we wait for is the work God wants to do in us while we wait.

If we trust Him while we wait, we become certain of His love—that He wants only what is best for us. We stand by His wisdom—that He knows what is best for us and convinced of His power—that He is able to do what is best for us.

If you are waiting for an answer from God today, quiet yourself and take in these truths from His Word: 

He’s not going to leave you (Hebrews 13:5).

He will redeem this situation for good (Romans 8:28). 

He’s working a bigger plan (1 Corinthians 2:9). 

Don’t take your view of life from what you can see (Hebrews 11:1).

Instead, continue to talk to Him (Psalms 55:22). Continue to wait on Him (Psalms 37:7). And in the meantime, believe that God is not only better than your fears, He’s also better than your hopes (Ephesians 3:20).

Waiting is not the worst thing that can happen and it just might be the best.

Barb Peil has realized recently how rich and fruitful it is to be a woman after God’s heart—single or married, young or mature, fulfilled or struggling in any other area of life—doesn’t matter. It all comes down to ‘my heart for God.’ You can read her blog at—a website for all women to seek and share wisdom at every stage of life.

Publication date: November 13, 2012