Many years ago, my family had a favorite chinese restaurant that we frequented. On three separate occasions, I happened to receive the fortune, “Patience is the key to all joy.” If you know me very well, you’ll quickly realize that patience isn’t necessarily one of my strong points…which makes that fortune all the more funny. In all reality, the fortune contains some truth.
Last night at Student Impact, Pat spoke about “Waiting for…” It was so on-time for what has been going on with this whole unemployment thing. One of the texts used was:
“I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.”
-Psalm 27:13-14 (NIV)
One thing I feel like I have been learning in these past few months is waiting on the Lord’s timing. It is so much easier to say that I am going to wait on the Lord’s timing than it is to actually carry that out. There have been quite a few times where I have felt at the end of my rope, but God always comes through.
In small group last night, I was so blessed to see how the students responded. Many of them have been through some tough times, but yet they realized how good it was to wait on the Lord. One point that was made was that there is so much joy that comes when a long awaited hope comes to pass.
Think about the first Christmas. How long was the nation of Israel waiting for their promised Messiah? We now know the joy of His coming. We reap the benefits of what He did for us.
One thing I know is that when His timing comes to play with my next job role, I want to be ready. I don’t want to miss out on the fulfillment by focusing so much on the waiting.
[This also reminded me of the song, “Everlasting God,” by Fellowship Church. Check it out!]