Holding Pattern

Many years ago during a flight to Atlanta Georgia, the pilot made an announcement over the PA system that due to heavy airport traffic, the flight would be in a holding pattern for 30 minutes. I remember looking out the window seeing planes crisscross the skies below waiting for their turn to land.

Holding patterns are defined as circular patterns flown by aircraft awaiting clearance to land at a busy airport. The duration of each holding pattern is depended upon the volume of air traffic coming into or leaving the airport. Failure to a hare to holding patterns could spell disaster for similar flights if the pilot does not follow orderly air traffic protocol. Other definitions describe a holding pattern as a state of inaction with no progress and no change. It’s safe to say waiting is the main ingredient here.

At the time I didn’t thing much of it. However, as the years have progressed, the term “holding pattern” has become an intimate part of my life. Over the years I’ve come to realize how God directs our lives in a holding pattern for various reasons. Those reasons may be a need to mature, develop new skills or perhaps to nurture relationships. Whatever the case may be, God has a reason for the holding pattern of your life.

Jesus experienced holding patterns in His life from infancy to adulthood. What’s more important is Jesus understood the value of holding patterns. In John 2:4 Jesus told his mother, “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” Mary knew that Jesus was God in the flesh and the creator of the universe. Thus, making a little wine for the wedding was nothing more than child’s play. However, Jesus knew His steps were being directed by the Lord for a set time and purpose (Proverbs 20:24).

What holding pattern does God have you in now? Are you following Jesus’ example of obedience and trusting for God’s timing. Or perhaps you’re tired of waiting and want your moment now. Learn to wait on God’s timing for your life. He wants to give you His best which is exceedingly more than all we can ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us (Ephesians 3:20).

** If anyone would like a special prayer request (Ephesians 6:18) please feel free to email me at sneedtx@verizon.net (your privacy will be respected and honored); I would love to pray for you. I also ask that you think of others whom you can share this message with as well.


7 thoughts on “Holding Pattern

  1. I’ll tell you where God has me…in the holding pattern of slamming the door, shutting it and keeping it shut! I will share in generalities since this is public…
    I have this area in my life that I did not know existed. Long story short I was involved in women’s ministry for a number of years till I realized I was more messed up then the folks I was helping so I stopped, shut it all down until I could receive some healing in this particular area. We are on year #7. Each time I think I am finally through the pruning there is another level of pruning that happens and I have to tell you this one is nearly killing me. This is powerful this post! Also I would like to comment that remember the Israelites they went round and round the mountain because why? They grumbled, complained, and literally did not believe in the manna that fell daily from the sky don’t you think you would believe that and also the pillar of fire by night? Then I think of the manna we are fed daily in a different form nevertheless still manna, and the pillar of fire by night oh I see those too big time living here in the country but do I grumble, no, do I complain, no but I am surrounded by people who do. Now I don’t know what that means because I’m simply sharing it. I’m one of those people that is always gaining knowledge but never coming to the full knowledge. I pray that happens so I can land! I’m tired of circling this mountain. Why do you think that is? What do you think God is trying to show me? If you feel anything at all but to share maybe because I am SHUT off from the church. Who knows! I don’t think church is a place, Jesus never had a place church…he said don’t forsake the assembling and this to me is assembling! When I need help or to just read something about God this is where I come and also to Ms Vee’s blog! See y’all are safe Christians the others not so much! Hope you don’t take that wrong I didn’t mean anything bad by that! Just my life experience growing up in “the church.” have a super day you can delete this if you like. I am journaling right now and saw this and needed to read it.! No conclusion yet but I know God is faithful. I’m so thankful for Jesus and for Him. I’d be lost without them!


    • There is so much to think about here. However, I will say I can relate to hurt feelings as it relates to church. My wife and I were leaders in the church we attended in Atlanta Georgia. Many were hurt after the shake up especially leaders because we were treated harshly. After dealing with the hurt, you realize we all have one thing in common; we are all sinners in need of God’s saving grace! The power of forgiving and forgiveness is two fold because it frees the one wronged and restores the one who has issued the wrong. The perfect example of a win win situation.

      I’ve learned that this thing we call our Christian journey is best served understanding the grace of God. When we mess up, God’s grace is right there urging us to get up and try again. When we experience victories, God’s grace is right there cheering us on. So, I say all that to say this, you are loved by the one who created perfect love. Live and walk in the fullness of His grace and enjoy life to the full for that is what Christ intended for us all.


      • Oh I like that we are peaching ourselves happy here! LOL I always like that saying! You are right about those hurts. I think sometimes it is all about our levels of learning and “for such a time as this” moments. I love that you call it Christian journey, I call it my LOVE walk. Plus I never wanted to be a Christian I just want to follow Jesus. You know when you look at Jesus it makes it hard to really know what to expect in this life. Just when you think God has surprised you as much as he’s going to whoop there he goes again blowing your socks off! LOL I think for sure he loves us to be giddy for his greatness! Like what’s next! I have that sense of expectation! I never know what it will be but there’s nothing like a Love walk to set you free and make you dance! 😀 Ya so I guess my song and I’ll sing it. Now here comes the song This is my story this is my song….let that one carry you! 😀


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