Wednesday, October 13, 2010

What are you waiting for?

Here is a quote from the sermon I posted yesterday:
"If we remember that everything that touches our life is sifted through the hands of a loving God, if we understand that He is in complete control, if we understand that in order for us to wait we are not waiting for the stars to align, we are not waiting for the circumstances to change, all we are waiting for is God to say NOW - all He has to do is give a word, He spoke the worlds into existence - whatever it is we are praying about can literally be taken care of."

There is both relief in that statement as well as frustration.

How wonderful to know that it is not up to us alone to make things happen. Most days, most hours, it is wonderfully relieving to know that for all of Ryan's efforts and work, God and God alone is in control of his future. Even though Ryan has more than 1,500 LinkedIn connections, and he is part of many networking circles, and he has more than 7,000 PR blog readers a month....ultimately we are not waiting for just the right person to contact Ryan. We are waiting on God to say NOW. We are waiting for the nod. We are waiting for Him to give the word.

However, there are times when my mind chooses to wander and not focus on truth. That's when the frustration sets in. That's when the temptation to give into discouragement is high. Because we know this is one of those times when God has not given the nod or spoken the word.

Those times are infrequent and I believe it's because I have experienced the faithfulness of God. I have seen His goodness firsthand. I am living the miracle He performed in my life.

So yes, we're waiting for God to say NOW. And maybe that's what you're waiting for too.

But maybe you haven't experienced a life-changing miracle yet. Don't give up. Don't let your waiting get the best of you.

Beth Moore says,"If Jesus gives us a task or assigns us to a difficult season, every ounce of our experience is meant for our instruction and completion if only we'll let Him finish the work. I fear, however, that we are so attention-deficit that we settle for bearable when beauty is just around the corner." - Beth Moore.

Some people are waiting for all the stars to align so their prayer can be answered. Friends, I'm waiting for the One who calls each of those stars by name.


Anonymous said...

Another perspective for fun.

I get it on a theoretical level, I really do but if you think about this philosophy on a scale beyond yourself it is a tad bit ridiculous. It is just up to God to do something/say something and we are waiting? I mean seriously? I don't think God is "up there" saying yes or no, or not now or whatever. I think God is with us, by us, in us in any situation we happen to be in but I don't think that means that he is going to act outside of the realm of what humans can act upon.

For example God was with the people in death camps in WWII, he was present, he was in pain but he wasn't going to get them out of it. Why? Because the world is not set up to work that way anymore, God is within us, he works through us in this current time.

Anonymous said...

I am not sure I understand what you are saying? Are you saying God will only act upon things that are within the scope of humans to act upon? If that is what you are saying, then I disagree, because I have seen my God do remarkably inhumanly awesome things.

Anonymous said...

Like what? Outside of the realm of human action? (and post old testament)

Anonymous said...

I am the first anonymous. I have read the blog further and have discovered that I have very different views on these sorts of issues than are presented/commented/generally agreed upon on the blog. I didn't mean to cause ripples, I shall move along.


Stacy said...

I welcome all respectfully written comments - both those that share differing view points and those that are similar. I will not shy away from people who disagree or ask questions. Anonymous, you are free to read and/or comment any time you wish. If anyone disagrees or questions something I write, by all means say something! I am not an expert...just a girl trying to love Jesus and the sweet blessings He has given me.

cybil said...

He'll surprise you in his goodness!
Expect great things!!