September 11, 2014 | 0 comments
Waiting. We do it all the time. We wait for supper to cook, for babies to talk, for rain to stop, for kids to go back to school, for God to reveal His plans for us. But why do we have to wait. I mean, waiting for supper to cook so we don't get salmonella poisoning, that I understand. But waiting for direction from God...
So. I'll wait.
I have waited for this moment; this moment to write blogs and Facebook posts (and eventually tweets) for Community for 15 months. But why did God need me to wait? Did members need time to understand its purpose? Did I need the freedom to attend our adoption classes (another waiting game), so I could put all my heart into that? Did God need me to do this without Pastor Darren - to push me to serve my church family without his familiarity and support?
Maybe they did. Maybe I did. God knows best, right? Right.
And now we wait as a church family for God's future plans for us. What kind of pastor does God need to lead us? What will our church look like in the next 5 years? 10 years? But what about this year? I'm realizing that it's easy to get lost in waiting. It's all too easy to put plans and goals on hold until that "thing" we are waiting for comes to fruition.
We. Need. To. Stop. Waiting.
Our lives are lived in the "waiting," whether it's waiting for a job, or a child, or a spouse, or college, or a mission trip, or a new pastor. But in waiting for these things to occur, friends still need to be hung out with, dinner still made, bums wiped, essays written, recess played, Sunday School taught, Bible studies run, sermons written, council meetings attended, worship led, faith shared...God's work for us doesn't stop because we have to wait.
I think I now better understand Isaiah 40:31: "but those who hope 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." The NIV uses the word "hope" instead of "wait." So read this passage again from The Message translation: "for those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, they run and don't get tired, the walk and don't lag behind."
So keep God a part of your waiting, and the waiting will turn into living and that great thing you're "waiting" for will happen in God's great timing. Make your waiting count, give your waiting to God and see what He does with it.
Because God doesn't just want us to fly, He wants us to soar.
So spread those wings. God's got it. All of it, in His hands.
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