Monday, February 28, 2011

Waiting around...

Some of life’s greatest masterpieces come with age. Time is a wonderful healer – experience-giver – and teacher. This principle is ingrained in any individual who has ever lived.

There is a word that goes with time though that this generation is not in any way a fan of in many cases…TIME = WAITING.

Don’t you despise it?
You set an appointment at the doctor. You show up on time…yet, you wait.
You gather all your items at the supermarket, roll your cart to the front of the store…and there is the line. Waiting.

This is the reason for drive-thru windows, Little Caesar’s Hot-N-Ready Pizza, TV dinners, instant coffee, and cell phones. We want what we want and we have been brought up in a world that has basically provided ways for us to have it. 

Where I have often run into ‘issues’ is when I try to put this label on my walk with Christ.
All the cliché words fit here: Each of us…Pray. Fast. Sacrifice. Give. Love. Worship. Honor. Live for. And because we do these things, we then expect God to not make us wait when we ask for something. How could He? After what I’ve given?!

We soon forget that:
Joseph had to wait for what seemed like ‘forever’ for his dream to become reality.
David was on the run, while waiting, before the prophecy of his anointing came to fruition.
Ask Daniel about waiting around in a den with lions.
The 120 gathered in the upper room waited – then waited some more before the Holy Spirit fell upon them.
The lame man at the pool of Bethesda was not healed on the first day that he camped out there.

I think you are getting the idea. There is no doubt that there will be moments spent waiting while God refines and sometimes redefines our process…But the question that has been rolling around in my head is what do we find ourselves doing while we wait?

(Art Museum - Federal Hill)
Baltimore City, MD
Do we take our toys and go home to pout because we didn’t get what we wanted when we wanted it?
Or are we content in the process? The process that leads us down paths that are not familiar. The path that blinds us in our natural eyes by not knowing exactly what He is doing or how He is working.

Be encouraged today. Don’t fret on your journey, for when the time is right, you will be called from the waiting room to the place of your destiny. You cannot control the TIMING…but you can control the TIME. What will you do while you wait?

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