I have been recently reminded that we as humans do not wait well. We often rush around in a hurry after the things that we think God has for us in an attempt to get to those things He has for us. We get frustrated, angry, tearful, lonely, and feel deserted all at the same time. We have all been there at one time or another. Some more recently than others and you can recall the moments when this has happened. We can also recall the day when we were liberated from our wait! Some with shouts, some with tears, others running around like we just won the lottery.
I thought for just a few weeks we would dive into a study on waiting and see what we could get out of it…
The book I am using is called Wait and See by Wendi Pope. It was a life saver for me about a year ago. She spoke life into a place that was so tired, lonely, and needing God’s voice to gently say “I’ve got this”.
She defines some misconceptions that sometimes we have while waiting
- If I am waiting , I must not have heard God correctly
- If I am waiting, I must desire something not in God’s will for my life
- If I am waiting, I must not be praying enough
- If I am waiting, I must not have enough faith
- If I am waiting, I must not be working hard enough p.38-40
Let’s face it we have all thought at least one or more of the above on a given day.
To begin our story we are introduced to David as Samuel has just anointed him King over Israel. Can you imagine what is going through his head at this point? Me? King? What? But also at this point Saul is still on the throne and is not happy that God has taken His favor away from him and placed it on another person. (1 Samuel 16:12-14) Even though Samuel anointed David it would be many years before David would take the throne and even then he would have to fight for what was his.
“The wait is more about experiencing God than enduring the delay” p32
Read Psalm 13 (the whole thing)…
Did you see how many times David asked God how long in the Psalm? Go back and look again I will wait… How many times do you ask God how long?
Going back to the misconceptions #1 when we think we have not heard God correctly, “we can redirect the negative thoughts we often receive by revisiting the moments when we sensed the Lord’s nudging” p.38 Doing this makes me remember when I know that I have heard God through His word, music, preaching, or friends speak to me. This is such a reassurance that yes for whatever reason right now just isn’t the time.
Misconception #2 that what I desire must not be God’s will for my life is one of the ones I personally have said on more than one occasion. We do not know the will of God and never will but “we need to prepare in the pauses so we’re ready to embrace God’s plan” p.39
Misconception #3 that I don’t pray enough goes hand in hand with feeling not worthy or good enough. It also goes with Paul’s teaching that prayer is the most powerful source we have as believers. 1 Thess. 5:17
Misconception #4 I must not have enough faith. Do you feel like this? You work in the church, you do all that is asked of you, you pray, you read, you work in a ministry yet you don’t feel like you have done enough. Let me tell you from one sister to another you do enough. God needs you to listen sometimes it’s not that we are doing too little we are doing too much and He needs your attention.
Misconception #5 I must not be working hard enough. Don’t we all feel this way at some point in our jobs. Why wasn’t I offered that position, I am totally qualified? We feel looked over right? It took David twenty years to get to the throne! How do you think that make him feel. “David worked hard, obeyed God, and ran from the enemy. His wait wasn’t easy, but he pushed through the difficulties doing what he knew to do: tend sheep, serve faithfully, and obey God patiently. God knows better than we do what we need to fulfill what He’s called us to do. Waiting well pushes through the pause by doing what we know to do.” p.41
May you start to wait well and let God love on you while you are in these moments.