When we get stuck in the waiting place

Five-Minute-Friday-4We are linking up with Kate over at Five Minute Friday.  She gives the word prompt of the day, we write for five minutes… no over thinking or edit polishing, just free write and link up together to share our words.  If you’d like to join us, click here.  Our word prompt today isDWELL


I’m re-living moments from 12 years ago. Matthew is now in 1st grade and I’m reading books to him that I read to my first bunch of kids. One that keeps twirling around in my head is “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss.

A story of life and how hang-ups, and bang-ups can happen to us.

It’s a Truth in life. We all enter seasons where life hits us harder. Decisions are demanding and demands pound at our door.

Here’s what I’m coming to know.

Sometimes opportunity comes knocking at our door and we must be in the place where we are open to what lies on the other side of that knocking.

There is a time for waiting and a time to get moving.

We can dwell in the waiting place…. “Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come…” Yet God is beckoning us out of the waiting place and urging us to step out into the opportunity lying before us.


So what is on the other side of that door for you?

  • What is God whispering to you about?
  • What opportunity, risk or adventure is right outside your door?
  • What is holding you back?

There is a time for dwelling in His Presence, receiving from Him and reviving your inner self for the next opportunity before you. And there’s a time to go.  Don’t hold back in the waiting place but instead push on to “where the Boom Bands are playing and the banners are flip-flapping… Kid, You’ll Move Mountains… Today is your day! So… get on your way!”

Jump into the conversation:

Of the things listed above

  • Where are you at?
  • What adventure is ahead for you?
  • What is holding you back?


Happy Friday all! Have a great weekend!

8 thoughts on “When we get stuck in the waiting place

  1. What a great post, and I love that book. 🙂 Right now, I’m in a waiting place with something. I’ve done all I can do on it for now. And it’s God’s turn to show me the next step. It’s good to have a place of waiting after you’ve labored hard. But I can’t stay here forever. 🙂


    • Yes, you have labored and now you wait again… it’s a cycle. I’m proud of you though for stepping out and doing the hard things. He won’t keep you in the waiting place forever so enjoy the refresh, learn in those moments and keep listening for that next opportunity! 🙂 Have a great weekend, Jeanne! Thanks for stopping by and jumping in!


  2. Rachel,
    Thanks for your comments on my blog.
    I so loved this post!
    I know that when we first dwell in His stillness, learn the sweetness and hard lesson of waiting He does this to prepare us for the stepping out. I keep reading and hearing all over the place that we can not be just hearers {and then talkers} of the Word, but doers. We have gone through a long reason of waiting. Hope deferred. I know the Lord is calling us out, has prepared something for us, but there is such a battle swirling around. I always pray for those I write comments to. Could you please pray for us? Because we really, really want to step up.

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    • Absolutely I will pray for you!
      Lord, right now may you calm the battle swirling around Leah. May you bring peace and assurance to her heart and mind. May you give them clear direction, wisdom and guidance as they move forward in your plan and opportunities. Surround them with your love, reassurance of Your Presence with them. In Jesus name, Amen.
      Thank you, Leah, for jumping in and sharing. Check back with us and let us know how God answers these prayers! I would love to hear from you! Blessings for your weekend! ~ Rachel


  3. Love this, Rachel! Oh The Places You’ll go is one of my fave storybooks. Your words spoke to my heart. Where is God leading me? What is beyond that door for me? Praying for the answers. I’m parked in the #13 spot this week.


  4. Fear holds me back and keeps my heels glued to the threshold. I’ve experienced writing rejection (aka, agents and publishers turning down my work), and I need to not let it hold me back now when I think I have something to say (that whole mental health journey) about Christians and reality and misperceptions.


  5. I feel like the last 4-5 years has been one big waiting season. We are beginning to see the other side as my husband now has a well-paying job and debts are being paid. But I still feel as if I’m on hold, still something brewing. Hopefully God will reveal it soon.


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