Monday, December 16, 2013
When I pour out my heart in frustration to my parents, my father always reminds me that the waiting time is meant for everyone. The waiting time is always the longest.
That's because God views things differently than we do. I think He smiles just as much when He sees a mother in prayer for her children as He does when He sees a missionary in Africa living in tribal conditions.
It's all about using each day as your "big" moment, seeing each boring task as a way to glorify the King, and finding purpose in the fact that we are simply called to love God, love others, and let our light shine- which can be done anywhere at anytime. Maybe God is calling you one day to do something "exceptional" in human terms, but the way you are using your waiting time now is key on how you do when the curtain opens and the spotlight falls on you. David used his fleeing time to grow closer to God and build him into the "man after God's own heart", Moses used his wilderness time as a character building experience to prepare him for what he would face in the wilderness with thousands of people, and Joseph used his waiting time to establish his faith and convictions. Without David's relationship with God, his kingdom would not have been renowned and revered. He may have never had the privilege to be the great------great------great---(and however many more greats)-----grandfather of Jesus. Without Moses' preparation he may have fell apart and withered under the pressure, and the Israelites would have never reached the Promised Land. Without Joseph's morals, he would have given in to Potiphar's wife and the story would have turned out a lot differently. Sometimes it would be good for us to see how things would be if people would have not used their waiting time to its fullest potential.
Perhaps it is as simple as smiling at the cashier and wishing her a merry Christmas, letting another person go first in line, spending more time in prayer, saying no to the tempting pop-up that magically appears on the screen, or taking the time to listen to what your children are going through right now.