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Thriving While Waiting
Jodi Foxx

Many of our seniors are now in what I consider to be the hardest but also the most spiritually rewarding phase of the senior year: the waiting phase. Applications are submitted. Seniors have the next 1-3 months to wait before they hear a decision from their colleges. Besides finishing strong with first semester grades, there’s nothing more that students can do to influence their admission decisions.  It’s time to wait.

I don’t know about you, but I hate waiting. Being patient while waiting is not my natural disposition and is something I have to intentionally work on. But the seasons of waiting in my life have also been by far the most spiritually fruitful seasons of my life. When I’m waiting and unable to influence the outcome, I have no other choice but to depend on God. And one of the greatest lessons that God has taught me over the years is that he rushes in to help those who depend on him. So my relationship with waiting has become a love/hate relationship; I hate being in the midst of it but I love watching God at work as he directs my life with faithful care and, in the process, molds my character and my faith.

I’ve found that praying a particular Scripture verse during a season of waiting is helpful. This verse becomes my daily prayer. (Let’s be honest - when I’m feeling most impatient, the verse becomes my hourly prayer.) It grounds me to pray God’s word, and in focusing on the same verse over and over again, the words take on greater meaning because I reflect on them repeatedly.  So can I offer some suggestions for verses that you might consider praying in this time of waiting?

"And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you." Psalm 39:7

"But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life." Psalm 42:8 

"And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are things I do, and I do not forsake them." Isaiah 42:16

"Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?" Luke 12:25-26

"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1

There are certainly many other verses that would make excellent prayers in a time of waiting, but hopefully these suggestions get you thinking about what you would like to focus on in your prayers during this season.

Can I add one more suggestion? As you pray specifically about college admission decisions, try to resist the urge to pray for one particular college to offer admission.  Instead, try focusing your prayers on what you hope the college experience will be like. Pray for a college experience that will include affirming friendships, direction with academic and career plans, spiritual growth, and a combination of both comfort and challenge. Let God determine which college will be the best to provide you with those things.

How blessed we are to have a God who loves us deeply, who supports us on the good and bad days, and who directs our lives to best fulfill his purposes. May this waiting season be one of rich spiritual growth in your family that yields dividends for years to come.

Blessings,

Jodi Foxx
Director of College Counseling

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