After a farmer plants a seed in the ground, does he go and sit on his hands for six months and watch TV? No. The whole time that he's waiting, he's getting ready for the harvest. After he's planted, he's cultivating, watering, weeding, fertilizing, and preparing for the harvest.
The point is this: If you find yourself waiting on God, use the time to get ready for his answer. Patience is not passivity. Waiting is a time for preparation.
-Rick Warren, Daily Devotional