At Christmas time, long checkout lines at the store happen. Around the holidays, traffic jams are commonly seen. It’s never fun to wait in lines, as it tests our patience.

As 2019 winds down and the year 2020 nears, perhaps you, in a larger sense, are in a waiting period of life.

Maybe it’s a job search you are waiting to come to an end. Or you are praying that God would change or improve a relationship that’s not where you want it to be. It could be you are waiting for your next paycheck to hit your bank account.

Waiting on God is not a fun place to be, but so much of Scripture tells us to wait on the LORD (Ps. 27:14; Isa. 30:18; Rom. 12:12). One of our natural tendencies during times of waiting is to choose worry over prayer.

Jesus had much to say about needless worry in the Sermon on the Mount. The great Christian writer Corrie Ten Boom once said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.”

Corrie is someone who knew what it means to wait on God. She and other members of her family spent time in Nazi prison camps, because they hid Jews from the clutches of the evil Gestapo. In the Bible, Joseph unjustly spent time imprisoned, and he learned what it means to wait on God.

If waiting on Him has you worrying, choose today to turn your problems over to the Lord in prayer. God sees your problems, and He cares. He is able to help you overcome your worry, and He is able to give us patience during times of waiting.

The next time you are stuck in line at Wal-Mart—or stuck in a rut in life—turn to Him and see what God will do as you wait on Him.