The traffic light turns red after the first car goes through the intersection. Wait.
The final decision about the job interview isn’t confirmed before the weekend begins. Wait.
The direct deposit incurred a glitch in the system and the payroll check did not go through. Wait.
You’re less than five minutes from work and a train begins to cross through the railroad tracks. Wait.
Waiting is terribly inconvenient, isn’t it? And yet we’ve all lived through to tell of a personal experience. So I suppose that waiting through that dreadful moment in time didn’t ever “kill” us, did it? (Grin)
Philippians 4:6 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
While the waiting itself on the surface is bothersome, when we pause to consider the purpose behind the delay, it just might calm down our anxious nerves. Could the red light have spared us from a collision at the intersection? Could the outcome of the job interview have ruined a family gathering? Could the payroll glitch be the reminder to be a better steward of our finances? Could the train on the tracks be the message to us to realign our priorities so that we manage our time well?
I see God’s Hand in all of life’s pause moments; these I call the holy pause with a purpose. Simply because God loves us with all His Heart doesn’t mean that He is obligated to acquiesce to our every desire for events in our lives. If we are truly to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth, isn’t that our call to confer with His timing?
Could it even be, Sweet Sister of mine, that in the dreaded silence of the wait, that He welcomes intimacy with you ~~ with me? Perhaps a one-on-one conversation that is long overdue? Our Loving God doesn’t stop loving us at the pause moment. But is it possible that He desires to remove the distraction of whatever we’re worrisome about to get to the heart of Our Relationship with Him through trust?
If we Trust the God of all Creation with the ‘big things’ in our lives, wouldn’t it seem also appropriate that we trust Him with the little inconveniences and minor details ~~ believing that He’s got us covered (even from angles we know not of)?
He created us therefore He knows us. And He knows that we need a lot of ‘practice’ with this thing called waiting.
Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.
This Promise says that if we wait upon God, He will strengthen us. So then waiting becomes a resting spot. In fact, we are rejuvenated to the point of having more ‘energy and stamina’ than when we first started!
I’m in ~~ are you?
I love you to Heaven and Back, Girlfriend!