Are You Capable of Waiting?!
Have you ever waited on someone or something? And expected something great to come out of waiting? I know that feeling. It’s like waiting for a bus at a bus stop under the blazing sun…like driving 15 mph in traffic knowing good and well that you have some place to be…like waiting in a waiting room past your appointment time…like waiting for your nail polish to dry so you can take a shower and go to sleep (only few know about that struggle!)…and waiting for a special package to be delivered to your doorstep. Subtle cues of impatience start to creep in and you may even get a little annoyed after waiting for a while!
Well, I’m currently going through a waiting period in my life and before I started waiting, I was on the go. I was checking off items on my to do list and goals list everyday: students growing academically (check), degree obtained (check), good job (check), bills paid (check), food in my tummy (check), gas in my car (check), read my Bible (check), pray (check), meditate on His Word and apply it (check). I thought I had everything figured out. But God had something else in store for me. He pulled me down from my “high” and I stumbled, struggled, grew impatient, discouraged, and then finally cried out to Him. It was then that I realized I wasn’t in alignment with His will for me and was doing what I thought was best. I meditated on Proverbs 3:5-7 during that time. It says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.” I was communicating with Him out of routine and I wasn’t trusting him with my deepest fears, worries, or concerns. I was interceding for my family, my church family and leadership, my best friends, my coworkers, and my students…I basically prayed and reflected about everything but my own issues.
So when summertime came around and I had more time for myself, I prayed about my issues, my goals, my fears, my concerns, and my worries. I just started talking to Him like he was my best friend and there was a huge difference in our relationship!
After a period of just fully committing myself to Him, He finally got His message through to me: “Trust in my timing….wait on me!” For weeks I’ve been trying to come up with a distinct plan of execution to accomplish certain goals but now I know that I need to wait on God and trust in His timing. And as I’m waiting, I’m expecting for something great to happen, even in the midst of all the horrible things going on in our world! Isaiah 40:29-31 (NIV) says, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who wait in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Ohhh, I’m just so glad that I have someone that I can wait on and not grow weary!! Can you say the same?