Waiting is hard. We see that everywhere in life, from kiddos waiting their turn to play, to teens waiting for their parents to stop being so lame (just kidding, parents, we know you’re cool), to adults waiting on their spouse to get ready. Oftentimes, we find ourselves waiting on God. We want God to meet the needs we think are best for us, and we get frustrated when he doesn’t. In my first two years of college, I was in a place where I changed majors once a semester. I was frustrated because I couldn’t figure out what God had for me. I prayed to God for a sign. I was expecting a sign like a billboard on I-35 saying, “Change to X Major,” or a random stranger walking up to me and saying, “you should start studying this.”
Unfortunately, those did not happen. I was tired of waiting. Then, at the end of my sophomore year, a friend approached me and asked about spending a summer as an intern for a Children’s Home in Medina, Texas. The first week I attended the church that partners with that children’s home, we sang the hymn “As the Deer Thirsts for the Water.” Waiting is hard, but it’s worth it. Psalm 42 reminds us that God wants to quench our thirst, but we first must be willing to wait and let Him go before us to lead us to the source.