Moving and Waiting.

As many of you know, my family has just moved to a new home. And most of you can relate to the stress of moving. Not only does moving produce stress, but it also can get us out of our routine. I am very routine and schedule oriented person. When I don’t have my routine, it generally leads to neglect of certain disciplines, especially the spiritual ones. Not that I haven’t been connected with God or spending anytime with Him at all, but it just hasn’t been the same. Now that we are “in” the new home and somewhat settled, I was able to spend some quality time pursuing God this morning. I happened to read in a daily devotional the verse, “Wait on the Lord” from Psalm 27:14. I began to meditate on this verse and thought about the meaning of the word “wait.” In this context, it obviously means “to remain inactive or in a state of repose, as until something expected happens.” We are called to “wait on God.” Too often then not, I am not one to “wait” on God. In fact, the opposite is true. I tend to want God to “wait”on me (as in “to wait tables). I tend to approach God and expect Him to be there, ready and waiting for me and ready to serve me. I want Him to give me peace, or make me feel better, or forgive me or whatever. It seems I tend to treat God more like a “waiter” than like the God of the universe. So as I meditated on the word “wait,” I determined that I would wait on Him. I am much more of a “doer” than a “be’er” (not beer!). My tendency is to get my time with God over and done with so I can check it off my list and than move on the rest of the list. I had to ask myself, “When was the last time I waited on God?” So I waited. I refused to be satisfied with trite prayer and petty intercession. I wanted to meet God. I think it meant that I had to clear my mind and get past the box that I wanted to place God in and wait until He wanted to make himself known. Did God show up? I think so. Did I have any inspired revelation? No. But the pursuit of God is a lifelong journey. Knowing Him will take all of eternity. And I will never know Him fully. He is God. I am not, and never will be. There will always be more of God for me to know. And I am called to wait. To set aside the worries of the day and wait. I need to seek God, not for the benefits He offers me, but because He is God and the only thing truly worth pursuing. He is life. If only I would wait more often and experience the greater depths and intimacy that He offers. He is there for me, and you. It is up to us.

About mikewindley

Mike Windley is Lead Pastor of The Bridge Community Church in Morrisville, NC.
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One Response to Moving and Waiting.

  1. Jason Fletcher says:

    true words mike. it is sometimes far to easy to spend our time doing christian things than being like christ. keep serving and keep blogging!

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