Without planning, my post today is in a way going to piggyback off what Katie said in her last post. It is undeniable that this life is spent in season after season of waiting. But what we so often forget is that the season of waiting is just important as the season we are waiting for.
After feeling like the word “wait” could pretty much sum up my entire life for the past year, I decided to dig deeper into the real meaning.
This is how Webster dictionary defines the word we all become so frustrated with.
-Usually used to indicate that one is eagerly impatient to do something or something to happen.
-Stay where one is or delay action until a particular time or until something else happens. Synonyms: sit tight, rest, pause.
-To stay in a place of expectation.
I mean hello people, how is that for a slap in the face?
Now the first definition is me pretty much 100% of the time…. eagerly impatient to do something or for something to happen. But the other definitions are the ones that flashed off the screen to me, to the point where I even said out loud, “alright, I get it Jesus.”
[To stay where one is or delay action until something else happens,
and to stay in a place of expectation]
In other words…..
Stay exactly where you are until Jesus reveals to you that it is time for something new to happen. Stay in a place of expectation, trusting fully that despite how long you wait, Jesus has something in store for you.
Despite how long you wait, Jesus has something in store for you.
Sometimes though, our impatience and lack of ability to wait is the very thing that keeps us from hearing what Jesus is trying to say.
God also said to Moses, “I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the Lord I did not make myself fully known to them. I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, where they resided as foreigners. Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant.
“Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched armand with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob.I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.’”
Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and harsh labor.
-Exodus 6:2-9 (MSG)
God gave Moses the exact message the Israelites wanted to hear. They had His pledge of faithfulness. He would rescue them, but the Israelites impatience and anguish became the sound barrier that kept them from hearing the very thing they wanted to hear. Maybe you are an Israelite, desperate for some type of rescue, tired of waiting, longing to hear anything from Jesus. Don’t let your impatience keep you from finding that deliverance.
My impatience had become a sound barrier.
After reading this passage I knew that I was an Israelite. I knew that my impatience had become a sound barrier. It was muffling Jesus’ voice, to the point where I couldn’t hear anything at all. But I know that it wasn’t because He wasn’t speaking, it was because I was an Israelite. Desperate for rescue from my waiting, letting my impatience blind me from what He was doing and what He had already done.
Don’t let your impatience keep you from seeing what Jesus is doing in the waiting.
Our job is to wait. Not just on the boy we think we are supposed to date. Not just on that job we think we are supposed to get. Not just on that new season of life we think is coming. Our job is to wait on Jesus above all else.
Our hearts should live in the waiting. Our hearts should stay in the place of expectation. Our hearts should rest. We should stay exactly where we are until Jesus indicates to us that it is time to move.
We should always be in expectation. No matter where we are in life. We should always believe that Jesus is able to do more..
So, we should always be waiting.
We should always be expecting.
Mumford and Sons says it best….
“But I’ll kneel down,
Wait for now
And I’ll kneel down,
Know my ground.
And I will wait, I will wait for you.
And I will wait, I will wait for you.”
Welcome the waiting, but see Jesus in the waiting. I promise He is there.
Things to think about:
- Has your impatience ever kept you from hearing what God was saying? If so, when was it?
- How can you do a better job of accepting “waiting?”
- What is one thing you are expecting Jesus to do right now?
- What is one way that you have looked back on and seen that Jesus was working, but at the time you felt like He wasn’t?