It’s the Friday before a holiday weekend, and I feel entirely confident I’m not the only one who’s in a season of waiting. I’ve written about it over and over again. This is surely not the last time.
But today I’m inviting myself, and I’m inviting you too, to get cozy with waiting. Warm up to it and lean into the unknown that only your God knows.
Lean into the unknown that only your God knows.
Because waiting does not go away. Waiting is here to stay, and whether we’re waiting for a date to Homecoming or to hear back about the internship or full-time job, we have a God who looks at our lives and never defines us as “waiting.”
Beloved, we have work to do today. No matter what your life is waiting for, even if the Father has asked you to be still and wait for Him on almost every front, He has something specific planned for you today.
Today is not about waiting.
Today is about something altogether different that just happens to fall in this in-between.
This week I’ve been convicted time and again by the countless exhortations in Scripture to set my mind, not on what I wait for on earth, but on what awaits me with Jesus.
When Peter rebuked Jesus for speaking of His upcoming betrayal, arrest, and death, Jesus rebuked Peter: “Get behind me, Satan! Fro you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” (Mark 8:33)
When Paul warned the church at Philippi against the ones who walked as enemies of the cross of Christ, he described them as those “with minds set on earthly things.” He went on to remind the Philippians that “our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ…” (Philippians 3:19-20)
And again, as Paul described to the Romans how the Spirit of God accomplishes in us the saving work we could never accomplish on our own, he says, “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6)
The Word of God convicts me today. He is pushing me forward into a life of very active waiting.
The Day really is coming when He will un-wait all my longings with His beautiful face.
Because maybe my little waiting is meant to remind me constantly of the great waiting of my entire life–awaiting the return of my Jesus. These desires stirred up and these anxieties unanswered, they keep me in continual dependence on the grace of God and eager expectation that the Day really is coming when He will un-wait all my longings with His beautiful face.
So today, for the ones who wait, let’s hold onto Jesus. We have Him. Today.
Let’s do the hard work of resting in Jesus in the midst of our waiting. The rest will propel us out to live the lives we really have right now.
Whatever we wait for, Beloved, our real life is with Jesus.
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” (Colossians 3:1-4)
…I’ll be singing and crying gratitude for the goodness of His plans all day today and I’d love for you to sing along…