In his song “While I’m Waiting” John Waller has a powerful line where he sings “I will move ahead, bold and confident, taking every step in obedience.”
Being still before God is commonly thought of as being silent and contemplative in your heart, but this is only partially true. When Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law, she immediately stood up and prepared a meal for them. We have a word for a similar occurrence that helps give context to what it means to wait on God. When you go to a restaurant you have a “waiter” come to serve and cater your meal experience. The waiter is usually the busiest person in the building and rushes around in a fury of activity to care for each table. This is similar to what Peter’s mother-in-law did for them.
Waiting on God not only means to still yourself before Him, but also to stay busy carrying out the needs of people in service to God. There is a phrase that has always amused me that says: “Hurry up and rest, we’ve got work to do!” The idea behind it is to both rest and accomplish the tasks that God has given until God reveals the next phase of your calling.
At times God allows major disruption in life to get us out of our comfort zone indicating that change is imminent. This happened recently to our family when the mom-and-pop company Jake worked for was sold, along with all of its assets, to a corporation leaving many without employment. This was the catalyst to launching Jake into a new career that is more meaningful and allows him to apply his God-given gifts and talents in a more dramatic way. But for several years prior to this dramatic adjustment there were long periods of time when Jake felt isolated and there were only glimpses of spiritual fulfillment in his work.
If you feel you are in the “waiting room” in some key area of your life please keep plugging along having hope that soon God will transition you into a more complete area of your calling. Philippians 2:13 says that it is God that produces both the desire and ability to fulfill your calling and bring Him pleasure. Keep hope at the forefront of your heart because as Hebrews 6 says, hope is an anchor for the soul.
We hope you have a wonderful week. Please let us know if we can pray for you!
“See” you back here next week!
~Jake and Shannon