Waiting…

Potential“but when the fullness of time had come…”  Galatians 4:4 (KJV)

“But when the set time had fully come…” Galatians 4:4 (NIV)

“But when the right time finally came…” Galatians 4:4 (GNT)

No matter what translation of Scripture I’m reading, I love those words written by the Apostle Paul about the timing of the birth of Jesus…the One I call Savior. That makes them special. They were written after about 400 years of silence from God…yes, that’s right! That deliberate silence from God meant 400 years of waiting time for God’s people. It can’t have been easy. People came and went on this planet. They lived whole lives never knowing what we know now. They had no other choice but to wait. That sounds really harsh, doesn’t it? (Don’t worry about my offending God with that statement…He knows.)

Those words tell me that everything was finally in place for every single prophecy (over 300 of them!) about the Promised Messiah to finally begin to come true. They also tell me that

  • God was in charge back then just like He is now.
  • He has a plan and it is for my good–and yours!
  • He was particular about the details of the plan on purpose.
  • There were people who needed to be in the right places and in the right positions before the plan would work like it was supposed to work.

Those words carry hope. They cradle the thought that God had been busy on our behalf and was finally through preparing our Best Blessing ever…and that timing was EVERYTHING in order for it to actually BE the best blessing ever. Important words. Instructive words…

Those words also make me crazy sometimes–especially when they apply to MY life today because I’m not always the world’s best wait-er! (Who is?!) As an adult, I totally understand the need for waiting…I just don’t always fully embrace the concept personally! (You, either?! ha! Imagine that!)

What I do know, however, is that the same list of statements under my first paragraph are just as true today for MY life as they were when God was waiting to bring His Son into the world to save us…and those details that we’re all waiting to fall into place in our individual lives today? Well, once He has those in place in a way that will bless us best or teach us most, our wait will be over about whatever we’re praying over or holding our breath on now, as well.

Whether His answer is a “Yes!” or a “No!” or a comically rhetorical”What were you thinking when you asked Me that?! (because, YES, God has a sense of humor and sometimes I think we’re allowed to see the possibilities without the pain as a way to grow us up a bit!)…whatever it is that He’s chosen for your answers and my answers, it will be just what we’ve needed all along.

Welcome to the Advent Adventures!

 

 

While you’re waiting…

“The trouble is that I’m in a hurry, but God isn’t.” ~ Phillips Brooks

 If ever there was a truth written down, this is it!  I’m not the only one, either.  It happens in your house, too, and at your work…and at your church, as well.

 There are some things that we’re content to wait for, to work toward or live in expectation of fulfillment.  I think that list is a lot shorter than the one containing the things about which we are impatient.  I’ve noticed, however, that my impatience doesn’t seem to hurry God along at all.

 For example, I’m really tired of being ill.  I realize that this illness won’t require hospitalization.  It isn’t a monumental catastrophe and it isn’t fatal.  I’m just tired of it.  I further realize that there are lots of people out there who are facing illnesses that are all those things and more.  I’ll bet they’re tired of them, too.

 We’ve been there, actually, and I found out something really interesting.  The seriously ill people don’t complain.  They’re grateful for any assistance they receive.  They’re patient in waiting rooms because they know their turn is coming and they may need some extra time in there, too.  They make the most of the time they have and, although they may be grumpy from pain, it is really rare for them to just be in a foul mood about their illness.  I think it’s because they realize that there’s really no point to wasting what time is available to them.

It’s a lesson we could all use.  It’s one I’ve reminded my husband of many times in waiting rooms over the past 15 years as he fumed about missing work and having to sit and wait.  I’ve generally just laughed and told him that this was further proof that he was really well—he had the energy to complain.  He hasn’t always been appreciative of my humor in those situations even though I know he has recognized the truth of them.

 I guess it’s a lesson I’ve needed for myself this week.  I’ve been trying to hurry my recovery along using everything I can.  I’m taking it slow and eating well, doing what I can and then resting.  My part’s done.  I’ve done everything I can.  I’m waiting on God now.  Whether He chooses to hurry this along or not, I’ve begun to ask Him what He’s trying to teach me in this time of waiting.  I also realize that I am still the most blessed person I know. 

I guess it’s time I started reminding myself of that more often, make the most of the day I have and tell God “THANK YOU!” for all the grace He’s sent in my direction. 

No matter what it is that you’re waiting on, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you sure that your plan is also God’s plan?
  • Have you prayed about it? (and listened, not just told God what you wanted?)
  • Have you done all YOU can do to make it happen?
  • Have you looked for additional lessons God may be trying to teach you in the wait?
  • Is there something you need to thank God for while you wait, as well?