This past week I was slapped across the face with the living Word of God presented by my bible study teacher. We talked a lot about waiting. If there is one season I feel like I am in right now it is waiting. And no it isn’t for getting married (although I am… and for those wanting a countdown, only 37 more days). I feel like I’ve been waiting on God for months now.
We talked about how our society has destroyed the idea of patience. Microwaves, Blackberries, high-speed internet, garage door openers, etc. We don’t feel like we should have to wait anymore for anything. The Smith family motto (Smith is my current last name) is: “We have to do everything right now.” Growing up my Pawpaw called me “Boss Boss Junior.” This was because I called him “Boss Boss” because he was the boss at work and the boss of our family. He called me this because I was a take charge (nicer way to say bossy) kind of a kid, so he passed on the name to me.
All this to say; I don’t like waiting. I’m the kind of person where if you don’t like something, do something to change it. I have zero compassion for people when they complain about things they could change.
The problem is I’ve found myself at this place of waiting this year. Waiting for God to show me what my purpose is. It has been a transitional sort of a year. Feeling called out of corporate America into ministry. Still I wait and wonder what is He doing? What has been the purpose of all of this? What does He intend for me to do with my life?
Anyway, a few weeks ago at Bible study my teacher had us read an all too familiar scripture-- one that we could probably all quote with no problem. But this time, it was power for me and it was a hope I so desperately needed…
“For I KNOW the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. à Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. à I WILL BE FOUND by you, declares the Lord, and I WILL RESTORE your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.” Jeremiah 29:11-14
When you read the context the text is so much richer. First, He knows the plans He has for us. Not only that but we can trust that the plans are good. But we have to call upon Him and pray and seek… with all our heart! Then we will be found! We will be restored!!
So take comfort friend if you too find yourself in a place of waiting. Be patient. Don’t be active in trying to fix your problems, be active in seeking God!!