Hurry Up and Wait
by Michael S. Tyrrell
October 12, 2021
Hey there Wholetonians!
I don’t believe I’ve ever met a person who enjoys waiting. Ever.
Even the most patient and relaxed people I know don’t look forward to waiting.
It seems such a waste of precious time.
We want to get going–hurryand make progress. There are so many things to do, places to go, people to see, races to run, prizes to win!
Instead, very interestingly, we spend a lot of our time doing this most dreaded thing…waiting.
We wait at the gas pump.
We wait at the traffic light.
We wait at the supermarket checkout.
We wait at the doctor’s office.
We wait for a phone call.
We wait for our paychecks.
We wait for the weekend.
We wait for answered prayer.
We wait for healing.
I’m not too proud to say I feel like I have spent a great deal of time waiting for answered prayer and healing in these past months. It’s not easy to wait, especially when there is a degree of pain and suffering involved. Waiting seems like a waste of time, especially when we have already planned out in our minds exactly HOW and WHEN we think things SHOULD happen.
Often, we impatiently make our plans anyway, moving forward with our own ideas and strategies, then ask for God’s blessing afterward. I probably don’t need to tell you what often happens after that…
It turns into asking God to help us clean up the mess we made in moving forward without His leading and empowerment. Because of our impatience and lack of trust, God gets demoted to the position of clean-up crew rather than Chief Engineer and Planner.
We want to hurry.
He wants us to hurry up and wait.
Wasting valuable time and opportunities is our specialty, not God’s. He doesn’t waste a single moment.
Slowly but surely, after all this time that Lillian and I have spent seeking answers, we are beginning to learn and see the good fruit of–not only waiting FOR God–but waiting WITH God.
There is a difference.
Waiting FOR God can seem like an eternity and that space in between can feel empty and insignificant as you stare at the door you want to see open up.
When we wait WITH God, He uses that time to teach us; we build and nurture a trusting relationship with Him even while we wait for His answers and direction. We draw near to Him, we rest in His presence and our hearts get strengthened to walk through the door and the journey beyond it together WITH Him.
There is a song that Lillian has been listening to lately that has really ministered to her. It’s called Thy Will by Hillary Scott. It’s a beautiful expression of our human experience with pain and learning to wait and trust in God.
I hope it ministers to you as well as you actively wait for and with God to bring you through the changes and seasons of life with all its ups and downs. None of it will be wasted, and that’s a promise, to me and you.
Michael S. Tyrrell
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