By Kelsey Klepper

Am I the only one that feels like I’m constantly in a season of waiting? I’m waiting for the family vacation so I can have a break. I’m waiting for Friday, so I can have the weekend. I’m waiting for prayers to be answered. I’m waiting for my mind to slow down, for the overwhelm to cease. I’m waiting for bed time and a hard day to be over. I’m waiting on a text from a friend. I’m waiting for the day that I can figure this mom thing out. I’m waiting for less sleepless nights.

When I was in the depths of my disordered eating and negative body image thoughts, it was always about waiting for the weight to come off, my body to look a certain way, the ‘willpower’ to say no to food… I was always waiting to live my life, always waiting for freedom.

And now in this Christmas season, I’m also waiting for the parties and the giving of presents. I’m waiting for days of celebration with family and friends, but also waiting for it to be over so I can rest.

And in the midst of all the waiting, I lose sight of what I am really waiting for. I’m waiting for Him and all that he provides: a full heart, overwhelming peace, joy, contentment, freedom… But I don’t need to be waiting on Him at all because He’s already come and given His life for me. He’s the One who has been waiting for me to choose Him.

Friends, Jesus is here right now waiting for you to say yes to Him every day. He’s waiting on you to find peace through Him. He’s waiting on you every second of the day to turn to Him. He’s offering to us what we’re really waiting for – freedom. We don’t need to feel like we’re in a constant state of waiting any longer. We do not need to wait on what has already come and is here now. Stop waiting on the lies of the world to determine your life and start living His truth. He’s waiting and will always wait for you.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).