How to Keep Going While You’re Wishing, Wanting, and Waiting


When you feel like you’re spinning your wheels, going through the motions, and not making progress, it may not mean that your life is at a standstill or not moving – everything may be aligned at the perfect time.

Expectations and disappointment

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

–Philippians 4:6

Expectations are the main ingredient in two recipes for disaster: Worry and disappointment. These often come when we stress over things beyond our control. It also occurs when we focus on our expectations rather than accepting every moment as it is: Good or bad, difficult or easy. 

“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,”

– Romans 5:3

The Bible encourages us to be thankful in all situations. By being grateful for what we have in the moment, we remove our minds from focusing on what we do not have or cannot control. 

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,”

– James 1:2

If you have clothing, a place to sleep, and are not without food or water – you are doing better than many in the world.

God has a timetable for our lives

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die;”

– Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

Our disappointment is often because we have set timelines for our expectations. But that’s not the way the universe works. God knows what we need and when we need it. Jesus said:

“Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

– Matthew 6:8

Jesus warned against being hypocritical and always seeking to be rewarded or praised. Instead, Jesus said we should quietly give to the needy.

Indeed, when we are disappointed with our own wishes and wants, we should look for ways to help those who have even greater and more urgent needs.

Keep doing good things, God is watching

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

– Galatians 6:9

When you feel like you are failing on your own timeline, consider that you may be succeeding on God’s timeline. The Lord knows what each of us needs to be stronger, and that most often comes through resilience and perseverance.

We may not be able to see our destination – but God does – and it’s exactly where we need to be.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

– Jeremiah 29:11