For the last few weeks, I have been writing about my current season of waiting. [When things don’t move like I think they should, I want to QUIT and if I keep going, I whine and ask “Are we there yet?”. ]
Waiting seems like the LONG road “in between” where I am and where I want to be.
My church has been doing a series on waiting. (coincidence??? I think Not!) During the last week of our waiting series, I learned the following truth that brought me so much clarity.
“Waiting on God is not down time. It is not apathy. Waiting on God is active. It is intentionally, hoping trusting, relying, believing on Him to do what only HE can do while we stay faithful with what is in front of us.” Jonathan Robbins
My oh my…..why have I NEVER heard this before? Waiting ALWAYS seems like down time and the people who tell me how “happy they are to be waiting” always seem fake. Type A divas like me can only take so much down time before we take matters into our own hands. (Which pretty much means I mess things up!)
In my quest to be faithful with what is in front of me, I have discovered there is a sweet sauce in the “in betweenness” of waiting and the sauce is unique to each person.
Please know, I do not have it all figured out. However, even with my sloppy waiting dance filled with a couple of really good days of waiting, weeks with fits of anger, pouting, and “doubt-two-stepping I am finding my own “in between sweet sauce”.
Praying friends with listening ears, learning to forgive myself, truth that hurts a little but feels good at the same time, a day of warm sunshine without snow, listening to my daughter play “Take Me to the King” on the piano (just the simple cords on the right hand), dancing with my divas and perspective NEVER TASTED SO SWEET!
Isaiah 30:18 So the Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for his help.
How are you doing with your waiting dance?
The lady in this clip made me smile HARD! She decided to do a little dancing while she waited on the bus. She had NO idea she was being videoed! The video went viral with close to a million hits on YouTube. The former Performing Arts Major simply dancing on her way to a job that was NOT her passion, was later offered a role in a major theater musical!
When asked about her new found fame, Ms. Coles said:
“I find it hard to believe what happened with the video. It’s like ‘wow, why me?’ I’m just a normal everyday person who happens to like dancing at bus stops. “I have my headphones in every day on the way back from work and I just can’t help myself – I just dance.”
May we all learn to have this much fun while we wait for God to do what only He can do: (Click HERE if you cannot see the video.) (The song is Knock Down by Alesha Dixon)