The Rush to Wait
I placed an order for some take out that would have taken about 15 minutes to be ready and I was about 10 minutes away. I am a fast driver so I know that if I leave at a certain time then I will be there right at the moment the food was done, I can drive up, say my name and they will hand me my food. I will be on my merry way!
This particular day I found myself rushing the entire day and was just locked in that mindset of just trying to get to everything and everyone super fast. I was getting frustrated with the slow drivers on the road, the stop lights and stop signs that have always there!
While I was on my way there the Lord asked me, “Why are you in a rush to wait?”
It was a valid question!! When I get there I would still have to wait until the food is done. It would not even matter if I have paid for the food as soon as I got there. I would still have to wait until it was done. Me arriving early, because I was in a rush, would not have met I would have gotten it done early. I would be frustrated because I am outside of the place I know has something for me but I still have to wait until it is done.
What would have helped me in this situation is me staying where I was an extra 5 to 7 minutes and driving like a “regular person” (someone who does the speed limit and actually in no rush at all).
How many times have we found ourselves in this situation spiritually? We find ourselves wanting God to do something that He said He was going to do for us so bad that we will try to “rush” to the moment only to find ourselves having to waituntil it is time. Sometimes we will get so anxious that we will jump out of a moment into the next without our name being called. There are many factors that play into our moments of moving from one thing to the next. It could be we are tired of waiting and Jesus should have come already -- since He says that He loves us!
It reminds me of when Lazarus had died and Jesus finally came. One of Lazarus’ sisters, Martha, saw Jesus walking toward the house she ran out of the house and said to him, “If you would have been here then my brother would not have died.” (John 11:21) How many of us said at one point and time, “...if Jesus would have come by now then we would not have had to witness our dreams and goals die a death that could have been prevented by His presence. If Jesus would have come by now then I would not have had to see my loved one suffer. If Jesus would have come by now then I would have had my raise, bought my car and moved by now. If Jesus would have come by now I would have been healed, delivered from my ex and fallen back in love again by now.”
We have to then follow up with remember who Jesus is in our lives just as Martha did in verse 22. She said, “But even now I know that God will give You whatever You ask Him.” She let out her frustration of waiting on Jesus to come but she put it back in His court by saying if you say speak over this situation then it has no choice but to do what you have commanded it.
Jesus politely told Martha that her brother would rise again (v. 23) and in verses 41 - 44 Jesus prayed and He called forth Lazarus and he lived. Jesus was not in a rush to wait...He was still in ministry and serving God’s people until He knew that the Glory of the Lord would be revealed! (Rom. 8:18)
And this, my friends, is what the Lord is doing with each and every one of us!! He is making sure that when He calls us by name, we will be able to have to have the glory be revealed to those who were watching, praying, hoping and fasting with us and on our behalf.
Don’t rush your process...wait on the Lord and be of good cheer!