In this day and age, most of us have either known someone or been in this spot ourselves... waiting for biopsy results. And it's a rotten place to be. According to THIS STUDY published in March, waiting can be just as stressful as receiving a poor diagnosis.
How about the stress of a pending layoff? Or waiting to hear from a loved one serving overseas? What about someone in the midst of the adoption process, waiting for months to be united with their child? Torture. Pure torture.
Waiting requires a great deal of patience - easy to say, not so easy to display. Here's what Dictionary.com has to say about it:
Patience, endurance, fortitude, and stoicism imply qualities of calmness, stability, and persistent courage in trying circumstances. Patience may denote calm, self-possessed, and unrepining bearing of pain, misfortune, annoyance, or delay; or painstaking and untiring industry or (less often) application in the doing of something: to bear afflictions with patience.
It also describes patience as the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.
I don't know about you, but patience goes against my very nature. Without God to lean on, I would fall very short in trying circumstances - letting worry, doubt, and fear consume me. Instead, His Word must become my anchor in the storm:
I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. Micah 7:7I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:3I wait for you, O Lord; you will answer, O Lord my God. Psalm 38:15You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you, Lord. Isaiah 26:3We rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:2-4The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?... For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock... I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27: 1, 5, 13-14
Just waiting for this storm to pass.