It is okay to wait.
Today, I thought I was going to write about what to do and how to be while waiting for change to come, but this past week I learnt something new…that it is okay to wait.
I have found that it is quite difficult to be still. I often feel the need to do something. I feel like if we are not moving or taking action, we cannot achieve much. Well that is not all together true. I believe, that there is a time for everything under the sun and that includes a time to move and a time to refrain from moving; a time to wait and a time to act.
There is a possibility that if we move when we are meant to be waiting, we may end up in a bigger mess than when we first began. Taking a step, any step, before the right time, has the capacity to ruin the expected/anticipated change.
Parents often look at their children, and are overwhelmed by the thought of how they would love to give them everything in the world. I am aware however, that even if we could, certain things are not necessary for now – somethings don’t even make sense to do, even if we could. Imagine giving a 2-year-old the keys to a brand new sports car??? Yup, doesn’t make sense. They need to spend TIME waiting before accessing certain things or even making the moves to access them.
I learnt this past week that occasionally TIME really is the difference between right and wrong, proper and improper, appropriate and inappropriate…the list is endless. Time generally is of the essence! I once heard an analogy that spoke to time being everything.
A man and his wife paid a visit to his in-laws and when it was time to go to bed, his parents in-law bade him goodnight as they escorted him and his wife to their room – the same room. He said, before they got married, it would have been unheard of for them to be in the same room over-night, much less in the house of their parents. A major difference between the before (marriage) and the after (marriage) is Time. Before the marriage it would have been perceived as inappropriate for him and his girl (now wife) to spend the night together, but after marriage it would have been absurd to expect them to do otherwise.
I remember in the Book of Job 14:14, Job declaring,
“If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.” KJV
Not an easy thing to do but, almost always worth it, especially if that’s all you are meant to be doing at the time – Waiting. Do not despise your days of waiting, instead make the best of it, because as strange as this may come across, when your change comes…you are likely to wish, you could borrow a day or two from the days you are so eager to change.
Finally, did you know that God rewards people for waiting. The Bible, in the book of Hebrews 11: 35-36 indicates:
“Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised”. ESV
Also, in Habakkuk 2:3, God says to the writer:
“For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” NIV
I used to think that God rewarded people for what they did ONLY, but clearly, he also rewards waiting…so He emphasizes the need to remain confident and trust that He’s got you (spoken like Yvy SIL).
Remember that God does not live in Time, He is the Beginning and the Ending of all things – but in His time He makes ALL things beautiful. The time may not seem appropriate according to our timetable, but I have found that when we align with His time table, often we are grateful that we did not get what we wanted when we wanted it.
See you next week – While You wait!