When God Asks You To Wait...
I don't know about you, but I don't like to wait. Waiting means, well waiting. Not getting what we desire. Not getting what we need. Sitting around when we could be doing SOMETHING or ANYTHING!
The reason I bring this up...I had a Dr. appointment. What's it like at your doctor's office? I share my doctor with kiddos and babies and other adults. On any given office visit, I do a lot of waiting. Waiting in the lobby. Waiting in what can only be called a staging area which becomes a row of chairs in a hallway leading to the exam rooms. Waiting in the exam rooms designed for kids and adults alike - complete with fishes on the ceiling.
I was pleasantly surprised yesterday. I was in for some check-ins on some health issues. Blood Pressure. Sinuses. Frequent headaches. Nothing new. Her nurse checked me in and closed door. Before I could turn two pages in the HGTV magazine, she was in my room ready for my exam. Score!
Maybe God thought I had enough other areas of waiting that I just shouldn't have to wait for my doctor. Maybe God just knew I needed to get on with my day. Whatever - no wait.
I'm waiting for something else, though. I put my house on the market. To be honest, my house has never looked better. If I were house shopping, I would buy it all over again.
My agent told me the market is HOT! Houses are selling in a matter of days. People are looking. People are buying. You have a beautiful house. I KNOW!
It's been a few days. The market for my house is not so hot. I've had 2 showings and no offers. My first instinct is to call my agent and tell her to "get after it". We've got to sell this baby! Luckily, my second instinct reminds me that God sells the house. Not my agent. Not my new carpeting. Not the sign in front of the house.
So, I'm waiting. And while I haven't been waiting all that long, a sale of my biggest and most prized possession is a big deal. So, I'm learning to wait. I'm learning to enjoy God's timing. I'm learning that my agenda is not God's agenda. I'm learning while I wait.
God Is In Control
Lesson number 1: God is in control. My agent could be out pounding the pavement. My house could sparkle. I could do everything right and still not sell the house. I find great comfort in the fact that God has not fallen asleep on the job. He's still watching out for me. For my house. For my finances. For my future. He has the ability to change hearts and minds and will draw the right buyers to my house. My favorite psalm says this:
I lift up my eyes to the moutains -
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip -
he who watches over you will not slumber;
I'm comforted to know that God is still on the job. God is still watching over all that is happening with you and with me. He is the Maker of heaven and earth and He is in control of the details. Including your wait.
There are blessings in the waiting
God ordains waiting. And in fact, he fills our waiting with blessings. Lots of them. But if you're anything like me, you eyes may be so focused on the goal that we miss the blessings right in front of us. In the doctor's office, I get to catch up on my e-mails and my HGTV magazine reading. Even in my own wait to sell my house - I have some huge blessing. Blessings like my friend graciously allowing me and the pooch to stay at her house allowing us to keep our house clean and ready to show. The blessing -- added time to spend with my friend, a nice house to stay in, and I have the privilege of cooking for us which I love. An added bonus may be that she hasn't kicked us out despite Moose pooping in her lower level. It's the little things, people!
Waiting requires courage
One of the bravest things we can do is to wait on God. To not run ahead and try to make it happen on our own. To allow His timing to be ours. To let go of our control over our wait. Our hearts were designed to need God. We need God to pay for our sin. We need God to provide for us in the way of jobs, and food, and roofs over our head. We need God's love and healing, and hope. And many times, the waiting teaches me that I am dependent on God to have His way. Waiting teaches me that I can't fix it or make it happen. Waiting forces me to courageously trust God's plan instead of my own agenda.
I don't know what you are waiting for today. I'm hoping it's not for a house to sell. It's a lot of work my friends! But maybe it's for a new job or a promotion. Maybe you're waiting for love to come. Or a new friend you need desperately. Could you be waiting for a child to return to the Lord or a reconciliation with a family member?
No matter what you are waiting for - the who you're waiting for is much bigger. You can trust the who you're waiting for more than the what. God can be trusted with that thing you desire and with your heart. And sometimes, the wait just uncovers the fact that sometimes we want the what we're waiting for more than God and His plan.
As I write this today, I face anxiety over the sale of my home several times a day. I ask if I've done enough. I ask myself if I should lower the price or do something more or parade up and down my street with a cardboard sign advertising my house.
And several times a day - I remind myself. I remind myself that God loves me and is in control. I remind myself that God is not slumbering. I remind myself that if His plan is not to sell the house right away, then His plan for me is good. I remind myself that I don't need to fret, I only need be still. Psalm 37:7, "Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him". I remind myself that I get to choose how I show up during the wait. And all this reminding makes all the difference.
I would love to hear what you're waiting on and how God is using your wait.
Waiting with you...