The Great Wait
We are in a period of waiting, still! I wrote a lot about waiting the 6 months when C.J. was living in Georgia, because at that time we were waiting on pursuing having children. Now that he is back, we are pursuing having a child, but still waiting for our blessing to come.
We don’t know how long this wait will be. We sure hope we won’t have to wait as long as Sarah and Abraham did. But, we are believing and praying big things!
I talk a lot about the Brooklyn Tabernacle sermons, and this one is from a pastor I had not heard from before, but it was on my favorite and most prevalent topic for us, waiting!
Todd’s sermon was a good reminder that when we are waiting on something and it doesn’t happen right away, it might feel like God is saying “no”, when He is really saying “not yet”.
In Acts 1:4 the disciples were in a waiting period in Jerusalem. On one occasion, while Jesus was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.”
Jesus earlier had made a statement about going to preach the world to everyone. But, then in Acts 1:4, told the disciples to wait. The disciples must have been confused, were they supposed to go or were they supposed to wait? In the verses following the scripture, it says they decided to wait. The disciples must have understood that if they went ahead of God, they would be without God.
Isn’t that what we do? Grow impatient and try to do His job for Him. The longer we wait on something, our standards start to slip. We could be waiting for the dream job, but settle for something we won’t enjoy. Or we could be waiting for the man of our dreams, but then settle for someone, just because we want to get married. It can be so hard to figure out the will of God. Do we continue to pursue conceiving naturally or pursue fertility treatments? Do we switch doctors? Do we take prescription medication to help improve the chances or just stick with vitamins?
But, God has great things planned for us while we wait. When He does answers our prayers, I have no doubt we will realize some of the best things in our lives are the things we did not plan or pray for. God has already blessed us beyond what we ever could have asked for and He wants to bless us even more!
What are you waiting for? Are you willing to wait? The consequences are too great if you don’t and the rewards will be too great when you do.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Ephesians 3:20-21