This is What to Do When it’s Hard to Wait on God—and it’s a Total Game-Changer


I dropped to my knees again with tears rolling down my face and no words to pray. I wanted to beg God to answer me, hear me, get back with me, or at least send me a sign so I would know He was hearing me. There was no sign, no miracle in the mailbox, no special verse that kept showing up, and no answer.

Sometimes it’s hard to wait on God. I know He holds the power to do anything at anytime, but when things seem undone, physically impossible, or difficult to understand, I struggle to see beyond the obvious answer.

When God says, “Wait,” it’s hard for me to accept. I would like to say that I am a patient person, but when life isn’t going great, sometimes I become impatient. I begin to question why God won’t answer, step in, heal, fix, or mend the unraveling circumstances that surround me.

As I waited for the answer to what seemed like one of the biggest prayers I had ever prayed, I wrestled.

I wrestled with, “Why?”I wrestled with, “Why not?”I wrestled with, “Why not now?”I wrestled with God.

When I finally stopped wrestling, God changed His answer from “Wait,” to “Worship.”

Through the waiting, God taught me a lesson that I hope I never forget. He taught me that no matter how long the tough seasons of our lives are, and no matter how high the circumstances may mount, God deserves our worship in the waiting.

I could have spent my energy, my effort, and my enthusiasm on worshiping the one who could change everything at any moment, rather than agonizing anxiously over things I could not control.

When we wrestle we waste time. We forfeit days, nights, weeks, and months of our lives worrying about things that God can completely change.

Many times people say that God answers prayers in one of three ways. I disagree. Yes, no, and wait are not the only answers God has given me. Many times He tells me, “Worship.”

When I turn my waiting into worship, God calms my anxiety. I don’t know what you have recently begged God for, but if you feel like the answer is not coming, consider the idea that maybe God answers in more words than we think. Perhaps He is saying, “Worship.”

One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.

When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.

Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!
Psalm 27:4,8,14

Love & Blessings,


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Micah Maddox
Micah Maddox is married to her sparkly, blue-eyed, high school sweetheart, and they are raising three rambunctious, amazing kiddos. Her husband, Rob, is the Worship and Missions Pastor at Spotswood Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia. They have been in full-time ministry for over 10 years! When Micah is not tending to children, laundry, dishes or the next meal, she loves to write, decorate and chat with friends! Although small talk is great, she loves to dig deeper and discuss the stuff in life that keeps us up at night. If you are discouraged and need encouragement, visit Micah on her blog .