There is a great post on "Waiting upon God" available on Ravi Zacharias' web site. So often in my life I am just impatient; in fact I struggle with the sin of impatience probably as much as anything...save pride. This post was a fresh breeze reminding me that there are times in my impatience that I forget to see and savor the Lord while looking into the future of what might be. I needed to read this. I needed to read this today. Betsy Childs, the author of the essay, quoted Andrew Murray at length. It is worth repeating:
At our first entrance into the school of waiting upon God, the heart is mainly set on the blessings which we wait for. God graciously uses our needs and desires for help to educate us for something higher than we were thinking of. We were seeking gifts; He, the Giver, longs to give Himself and to satisfy the soul with His goodness. It is just for this reason that He often withholds the gifts, and that the time of waiting is made so long. He is constantly seeking to win the heart of His child for Himself. He wishes that we would not only say, when He bestows the gift, 'How good is God!' but that long before it comes, and even if it never comes, we should all the time be experiencing: it is good that a man should quietly wait. 'The LORD is good unto them that wait for him.'
What a blessed life the life of waiting then becomes, the continual worship of faith, adoring, and trusting His goodness. As the soul learns its secret, every act or exercise of waiting becomes just a quiet entering into the goodness of God, to let it do its blessed work and satisfy our every need. ...Waiting becomes the habit and disposition, the very second nature and breath of the soul.
Read complete essay here - The School of Waiting, by Betsy Childs