Honestly, I don't know. That is all. Good bye. BUT.... here goes an unstudied or tested take on the thought.
Growing up I remember hearing a sermon or lesson of some kind on the answers God gives when we pray. Yes-No-Wait. Ugh. That really doesn't help either. Can you hear the 6 year old or 40 year old me (or you) ....but, but, but but, God....pleezzzzzeeee. Well truth be told, not a whole lot of us are as persistent in our prayers to God the way my son is asking for some Pokémon cards or to go eat ice cream. In One Thessalonians five, Paul tells us to "pray without ceasing...". Pray and keep on praying. With that said, there is no intention that we will be influencing God's mind no matter how great our desire. However, the more time we spend in prayer about a certain subject or in prayer for that matter, we begin to change. Our desires become His desires. Our plans become His plans.
Personally, I have been in a season of 'wait'. In a round about way it appears that the Lord has spoken in my waiting. Was it the answer that my flesh wanted? No. But none the less, an answer. I recently heard a man (who is in the middle of quite a trial) say, "the Lord prepares you, before He uses you." I believe there is so much truth in that statement. We want and we wait, but we can not allow our 'waiting' to be passive.
We only can 'want' what we know or have experienced. This happens from our minuscule perspectives & experiences in life. We 'wait' because we are 'wanting' something else. I think we don't dare to dream enough. We look back and we determine our dreams or wants for our futures or what we 'think' we want, based on what we've seen.
God want's so much more for us than what we can dream up. There have been so many times that I have been the one doing the dreaming; based on what I've seen, heard or experienced.
Why does the Lord tell us to wait? Why do we not get answers in timely measures that we desire? We need to keep perspective. He is the Lord. He is the keeper of time, of will, of breath. Ephesians 3:20-21 says, "Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen" When was the last time you asked the Lord to release your imagination?
Maybe...just maybe you are focused on what you are waiting on and not what God can do and want's to do through you...remember, it is He who is "able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think..." Pray and ask that your imagination be released for His glory.
Christ Follower, Husband, Father, Student Pastor, and Lover of all things Garlic and Bacon.