I am a pretty patient person. I wait in lines or waiting rooms and surf the interwebs. I’m not much of a spontaneous shopper. I order online and wait 5-7 business days. I do that fairly well. I wait.
As I’ve gotten older, my God-Sized Dream is becoming clearer. But, I’ve noticed that my normal patient tendency can become a bit hazy. I don’t want that to be the case. This God adventure that we call the Christian life is full of twists and turns, ups and downs and setbacks and successes. I want to wait well and trust the purposes of God.
Psalm 130 in the Message Translation rocked me to my core. The Israelites, during their forty years in the dessert, waited. That’s all they did. How they waited effected how long they stayed in the wilderness. Their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land was supposed to take 11 days. Although there is provision and learning in the dessert, I don’t want it to take 40 years to see the fulfillment of my dream.
As many of you are, I’m in that in between place. God has been so faithful to open doors of opportunity and yet I desire for more open doors. I want to wait in the right way.
My attitude and your attitudes have a great deal to do with our process and time frame in regards to stepping into our callings.
Help, God—the bottom has fallen out of my life!
Master, hear my cry for help!
Listen hard! Open your ears!
Listen to my cries for mercy.
If you, God, kept records on wrongdoings,
who would stand a chance?
As it turns out, forgiveness is Your habit,
and that’s why You’re worshiped.
I pray to God—my life a prayer—
and wait for what He’ll say and do.
My life’s on the line before God, my Lord,
waiting and watching till morning,
waiting and watching till morning.
O Israel, wait and watch for God—
with God’s arrival comes love,
with God’s arrival comes generous redemption.
No doubt about it—He’ll redeem Israel,
buy back Israel from captivity to sin.
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