Do you know anybody that enjoys waiting? I know I don’t. While my ability to wait instead of jumping in and taking action may have improved with the years, so as my ability to not actively prepare for what I know is coming. Both approaches have downsides, although they are different. When I was younger, and unable to delay my desire for immediate gratification, I would run ahead of God, frequently into messes that my faithful heavenly Father would then bail me out of (although not without pain, lessons, and consequences). When I finally began to understand that I really did need to “wait upon the Lord” I found that I was still able to use that as an excuse not to do anything!
Waiting is not about sitting still while others work. It is about resting in the knowledge that God has a plan and that He not only knows how everything is going to turn out, He has already told us who wins! Our ultimate goal is not in question. Our ultimate goal is to spend this life building our relationship with God (Father, Son and Spirit), and learning how to cooperate with the Holy Spirit as He guides us into becoming the image of Jesus that we were meant to be. This requires letting go of the old, and the selfish, and devoting ourselves to God first and foremost. It requires that we work at it every single day. It is not sitting around waiting for something to happen. It is seeking God with all of our heart and mind and strength. It doesn’t typically happen in the “big events” although they may be catalysts. Rather, it happens in the little choices we make each day.
Do I choose to recognize the choices I am making as I go through each day?
Do I strive to choose in accordance with God’s Word?
Do I seek God’s direction and guidance from the Holy Spirit when making decisions?
Do I make choices to fill myself listening and watching evil or good?
Do I spend time each day learning to bring each and every thought captive to Christ, accepting only those that are in accordance with God’s Word?
Am I focused on living the here and now recognizing that we are just visitors traveling through this life, that we are preparing ourselves for eternity?
If you are like me, you can either condemn or commend yourself on each one of these on a given day. But, here is the real question. Am I making progress each day toward the goal? The question is not whether I succeeded or failed today. The question is whether I am pointed in the right direction and whether I am closer to, or further away, from My Heavenly Abba.