Waiting is so hard. It could be be waiting for that adorable dress to go on sale, it could be waiting for that avocado to ripen (guacamole, anyone?), it could be waiting for that phone call, a difficult relationship that you’ve been working hard to reconcile, it could be a dream you’ve held forever…whatever it is, no level of waiting is easier than another.
I’m stubborn. I’m a hard nose. I’m willing to work hard for what I want–even if it kills me. I don’t care. I want it, I’m willing to do what it takes to get it. I don’t care about the pain. The blood. The sweat. The tears. Bring it on–as long as I get what I want in the end.
But that’s not the way that God always works.
He does not ask me to practically kill myself for what I want. He doesn’t want sacrifice, it doesn’t matter how much blood, sweat, or tears I shed–trying to show Him how badly I want something. He wants obedience.
“Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,”
~from 1 Samuel 15:22
Sometimes I forget that what I want is not necessarily what God wants for me. Or, if it is something that I believe is within His will, I forget that He is not always working within the time schedule that I want things to occur.
“Come on, God! It’s time for this to happen now!” I point to my watch, tap my toe.
Amy, are you being faithful where I have you right now?
But Lord, I have been! And I keep trying, isn’t it time that everything pays off now???
Amy, trust Me. Wait. Wait upon the Lord. Remain faithful.
I am reminded of the scene in the movie Fireproof. Even now, as I write this post, I am blasting the song “While I’m Waiting” by John Waller through ear buds. So good.
Anyway, the scene with the montage showing Caleb, how while he is waiting for the Lord to work he is simply being obedient. No matter what the outcome appears to be, he does not waver in that which he believes the Lord has called him to. He just waits. He keeps pressing in on the commands of the Lord. He waits. He remains faithful. Even if it means forever.
Even if it means waiting for eternity.
“Let us not become weary in doing good,
for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
“At the proper time”–in God’s time. Even if it means til eternity.
God’s timing is always best. He is omniscient. He knows the desires of your heart, He will not withhold good things from you, but He will protect you. And because He is supreme, His will comes before yours. Is His will first and foremost in your heart?
“Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope for His lovingkindness,
To deliver their soul from death
And to keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waits for the Lord;
He is our help and our shield.
For our heart rejoices in Him,
Because we trust in His holy name.
Let Your lovingkindness, O Lord, be upon us,
According as we have hoped in You.“
What are you waiting for?
How can you serve the Lord while you wait?
Talk to God about the things on your heart that you are waiting for. Are they from Him? Give them up to Him, trust in His holy name, and bask in His peace as He carries them for you–and be faithful wherever He calls you in the meantime.