The Waiting Game
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
The Bible is filled with many examples of how the Lord moves in seasons in our lives. Joseph had to go through many seasons and positions between the fields of his father to the second in command of Egypt; including being sold as a slave, prison, and personal servant. Moses had to spend time as a shepherd in order to be ready to lead Israel when the time came. David spent time as a shepherd, a harpist and even running for his life before becoming king.
Recently my husband resigned a ministry position he had for only a short year. We knew in our hearts that it was the right thing to do and the right timing. God confirmed it in many ways, but even in the midst of knowing we are in the will of God, impatience rises. The temptation to make something happen, find our “next” is so real. At every turn I see God reminding me to wait. I don’t like that! I’m a doer by nature. Tell me where we’re headed and let’s get a move on it!
In our ever busy, plan driven, over-organized society it seems almost counter-cultural and irresponsible to wait on the Lord. We are pressed on every front to have a life plan, but sometimes God just doesn’t choose to work that way.
A recent devotion I read put it this way, “There is wisdom in taking steps of action, and there is wisdom in waiting on God to tell you where to walk. It’s all about finding the balance between the two.” (Wait and See by Wendy Pope)
Some days I feel at peace and am good at waiting. Then my daughter’s glasses break and I have to make her an eye appointment and pay for new glasses. I feel the need to run out and get the first job I find. After all, God probably didn’t see that coming right?!
We are so quick to react that we forget God saw this all before we even existed. He has a perfect plan. The same day I had my little panic attack with the glasses mess I opened my Facebook and read these words, “Be careful about rushing God’s timing, you never know what or who he’s protecting you from.” (Toby Mac, #SPEAKLIFE) You know those times when God is gently correcting you and it’s a good/bad thing? That was me at that moment.
I’m still not through the waiting season. In fact almost everything I’ve read in the last 48 hours somehow correlates back to waiting on God. I’m obviously hearing God loud and clear, but just like when your mom and dad said “don’t cross the street, wait for me to hold your hand”, the little kid inside of me still wants to take those tiny steps in the street because I don’t see the dangers that mom and dad did.
I don’t know what season God has you in, but the waiting season is a tough one for me. If you aren’t there right now you probably know someone who is or remember a time you were there. Take heart! Many times God matures and develops us in the seasons of waiting. Now if I can just get the kid in me to take God’s hand and keep His pace!
Father, thank you for your gentle correction in my life. I pray blessing and peace over those that find themselves in a waiting season. Help us to keep our eyes on you and wait to hear your voice before moving. Thank you for the developing you are going to do through us if we are faithful to wait on you. Amen