Your clock alarms at 6. Your Uber arrives in 2 minutes. Your project deadline is tomorrow. Your flight is scheduled next week. Your most important meeting is set for the end of the month. Everything has been smoothly planned out and waiting becomes easier now that you know the timeline of your activities.
But let’s challenge the routines. What if one day, your clock didn’t snooze, your Uber canceled the trip, your project deadline was pushed at a later time, your flight got delayed and the meeting you anticipated got postponed yet again?
You were suddenly left with more time to do nothing.
As humans, we want things to be within the scope of our control. We have timers, calendars, remote controls, planners, and organizers to help us manage our day-to-day activities. In doing this, we also manage our expectations and minimize the possibility of situations that are uncalled for.
It’s wise to plan and think ahead. At the end of the day, nobody wants to face the world unprepared. However, when things don’t go our way, how do we see God? When it frustrates us not to cling to something that’s certain, how do we trust Him?
We all came to a point when we only called to God whenever we have something to complain about or to ask for. We only come to Him when we wish for the provision or when we can’t hold the pain any longer. But while we still can, we would rather talk to Him later.
Whether you’re looking forward to a promotion at work or a positive pregnancy test result, our God is never delayed in delivering His promises. He is giving us this moment of stillness that we may desire His heart and know Him deeper. No matter how hard we try to figure out His ways, God wants our full dependence on Him. We can never pre-determine Him or limit Him. There are times when we are tempted to look into our work and ask, “Haven’t I done enough, God?”
With so many things in mind, we become proud of what our hands can do for us. We insist on our timing and we fight for it even when our plans don’t fit His plans anymore. We rely on ourselves rather than on God.
But the beauty of waiting is that we get to see things from a different perspective. Our arrogance during challenging times changes into our confidence in God. We realize that He will not call us where His grace won’t sustain us. Whether we carry the internship position or the CEO title, He cares for us not because of who we are, but because of who He is. And one day we’ll look back and realize, “Ohh… So this is why it didn’t go the way I wanted.“
Along with receiving God in your life is the ability to be still, and let His wonders do the job. Being in “standby” mode could be God’s way of re-aligning your goals according to His will. He does not put you in a place that’s not meant for you. If He puts you in waiting, He intends you to bear fruit even in this season.
As your father, He wants you to receive His kingdom. In Luke 12:32 it says, “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.” Therefore, you are His heir. By this, the promise will surely happen. The real issue is not of time, but of faith. How faithful are we to the Promise-Giver?
If things are not happening yet, let God discipline your heart. Empty your cup and ask God in faith to fill you with His knowledge. Surrender to Him. Find the courage to praise His name even louder, prouder. Develop ears that would wholeheartedly listen to His voice and the heart that seeks to know His thoughts without ceasing.
Our uncertainties are not His uncertainties. We see in parts, but He sees the whole. He knows His plans. He has seen our future.
Aside from God being a Father to you, He is also a friend, a teacher, and a lover. He wants to be involved in your daily life. God yearns a relationship with you. God reveals His plans to those who spend time with Him more. Like you, God also confides to His friends. Remember Abraham, Moses, Jacob, David and the other prophets? God let them see the glimpse of His plans!
The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant. Psalm 25:14
Your relationship with God is the most personal relationship you’ll ever have. Little one, do not keep yourself full with things that are in vain. Even in your season of waiting, find the fullness of joy in God’s presence. (Psalm 16:11) Instead of thinking about how God will be felt in your life, meditate on His words and enter His intimate presence.