I do not like to WAIT!
I do not like to wait. Who does? My wife said yesterday, “It seems like we are always waiting…” We are high school sweethearts so we have been ‘waiting together' since Kendra turned sixteen. To be honest ‘not waiting’ sometimes and regretting it later.
Can you relate? Waiting God’s way is always best. Some of us have to learn this the hard way.
My Dad has a memorable acrostic he teaches to describe the process of waiting God’s way. We Are Investing Time.
Today my friend Brian said, “You are working while you wait, Jed.” Waiting does not always mean that you stop moving your feet on the journey called life. Sometimes you need to just STOP (today is the end of my six month health sabbatical), but not always. Most of the time we should keep planning, thinking, dreaming, goal setting, reading, learning and even making decisions while we wait.
(A little side note: Remember a ‘No’ is always a ‘Yes’ to something else. And vise versa.)
Are you in a season of waiting? I asked my wife what she meant by her statement, “It seems like we are always waiting…” She had a list. I’m sure you do too. Waiting for the drivers license, the college acceptance letter, the right person to marry, the wedding, the job, the children, the next job, the doctors diagnosis, the healing, the right house, the right friends, the hopes and dreams to come true, the answer to that prayer… name yours.
I often use the phrase, “The BEST is yet to come!” I love that phrase. Then someone challenged me and said, “It seems like you always live in the future and are not content with the present. What about right now? Why is the BEST always YET to come?” The quick answer is because Jesus is coming back. Until then all of creation will groan to be liberated from its bondage and decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
But, this person’s comments/questions hit me like a ton of bricks. I needed the pushback. The loving person was right on!
So, I have a new phrase, “The BEST is yet to come, so you can fully live in the present with joy in any circumstance.” This is a bit more precise.
While you are waiting let’s ask this question together, “How are we investing our time?” This life is a vapor, don’t waste it!
The BEST is yet to come, so you can fully live in the present with JOY in any circumstance.