A holding pattern (n) is defined by the dictionary as 1. A usually circular pattern flown by aircraft awaiting clearance to land at an airport.
2. Informal A state of waiting or delay; a static situation
A couple of years ago, I wrote about some of the holding patterns that God puts us through…
1. When you are sick and have prayed but God has not healed you yet, you are in a holding pattern.
2. When you are having problems with your children and you have put them on the altar, but God has not delivered them yet, you are in a holding pattern.
3. When you are praying for a sick child and he or she has not yet been given the gift of healing, you are in a holding pattern.
4. When you are in a broken relationship and you have given it over to God, but it has not been restored yet, you are in a holding pattern.
5. When the doors slam shut before you can knock on them, and God has not opened another door, you are in a holding pattern.
6. When you are looking for a job, waiting for interview or test results, and seeking financial provisions but it has not yet arrived, you are in a holding pattern.
Over the last few years, I have discovered again and again that what I said about surviving holding patterns holds true every time.
“Surrender is the operative word. I know, easier said than done. The years and many experiences have taught me that He is always there and never a day, a minute or a moment too late. Sometimes the holding pattern serves as a form of protection, too, although we do not know it at that time.
Safe passage is always given when we least expect it.”
This piece has always been one of my favorite columns, and I refer back to it every time I find myself in a holding pattern. If you’d like to read the full story, you can view it here.
Fear not the holding patterns you are going through. Try to enjoy the view and the ride, believing in your heart that safe landings always come in His perfect time.