Why God Wants Us to Wait and Wander Even When He Knows What We Want Most

The point I'm trying to make, I guess, is this: I might not know HOW God is going to bring all of the pieces of my messy life into focus and make all of the brokenness right... but if God has used this method of teaching (namely, wandering and waiting) on prophets and disciples across the span of human history, then even if I'm confused and frustrated and my patience is wearing thin, I'm in good company.

Hi, I'm Calee. I'm 33, divorced, and live in my (very generous) father and stepmother's basement with my sweet 4-year-old.

I work in a doctor's office, write music for Deseret Book, and spend most of my free time asking myself how on earth I got here . . . and asking God what I should be doing next. 

I can't tell you how many times I've wished God could just send me a text or an email with simple instructions on exactly how to proceed from this point. After so much heartache and pain, I feel hesitant and cautious about my decision-making skills. It seems like it would be easier if He could just take the reigns from here. But, no matter how humbly I've asked, God still hasn't reached out to me on my outdated iPhone 5s or asked for my Gmail address.

A few months ago, I started to wonder why God wasn't answering my pleas for guidance. I know He hears me. I know He's aware of what's going on in my life. Why wasn't He giving me the direction I’d been begging for? I decided that I needed to study the concept of waiting. The things I learned while studying that topic were incredibly comforting and, to be honest, a little frustrating.

I came to the conclusion that waiting and wandering are our heritage as believers.

Let me explain:

Did you know that God loves to make people wait? He does it in the scriptures all the time!

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A native of San Diego, Calee Reed has been writing and singing songs since she was a little girl. Her latest work shows her at her peak vocally and stylistically. She writes songs that capture raw emotion and vivid imagery, helping the listener tune into their own faith journey and find the peace and joy that she points out from her own experience.

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