Waiting. . .
A word defined by Merriam Webster’s dictionary as “to remain stationary in readiness or expectation”. Every single day, we wait. We wait for traffic lights, or for the oven to preheat. We wait for the server at a restaurant, or for our husbands to return home from work. With kids, we may wait for a joyful memory, or even…. NAP TIME! (Because let’s face it, even someone without kids knows how joyful that can be!!) Have you ever waited for something you didn’t know you were waiting for? I’m talking…. “God, I’m in this situation and I just don’t know where to go from here!” kind of waiting. Currently, this is me. As situations arise, I know that God has big plans. I know that no matter what storms surround me, he is the peace that keeps the boat from tipping over, but sometimes I still feel out of control. People will say, “just don’t worry about it! God’s got this!” or my favorites “Just pray about it! Let go and let God!” Boy, are they preaching to the choir!! For goodness sake, I’m a Pastor’s wife – a preacher’s kid?! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this… PREACHED this. So, why is it so hard for me to hear now? Jesus said it perfectly to his disciples when he said, “the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” I know that my faith is strong, but I know just as well that my human mind makes me feel weak. How many times have we heard someone say, “don’t pray for patience, because God will give you something to be patient about!” Being patient is so much more than just sitting still! We think that sometimes within the wait there isn’t much that we can do! In those times, we must overcome those fleshly thoughts with our spiritual faith. Another definition for waiting is, “to attend as a servant” or “to be ready and available.” This is where I want to be. I might be in this storm, but I will find my way out by serving to the best of my abilities in the process. I will go above and beyond to wait for God’s timing. HE knows my future in IMAX 3D, while I can only see the current scene. How are you spending your time waiting? Are you stagnant and simply expecting? Or will you be ready and available for whatever his plan is next?
Author: Malori Walsh