How to Wait on God Part 4
Because of an outbreak of pregnancy on our calculus team last year, we welcomed a new Calculus teacher. The new teacher is young, enthusiastic and excited to teach Calculus.
On Tuesday our team gave a quiz. Between third and fourth periods the new teacher came to me all excitedly, asking, “Have you graded the quiz? My kids are all missing the question about the vertical tangent. Are your kids missing that as well?”
I looked at her with unbelief and said, “l’m still grading the test from last week.”
As I walked back into my room, there was a temptation to feel guilty and inadequate as a teacher. The students needed feedback from their test. It is not good practice to give an assessment without returning the last assessment. I suddenly felt pressure to “rush” and be like the new, young, teacher.
Just as I was about to feel bad about myself, God revealed lesson 4:
“Melissa, while you wait on me, it may seem others are further along in their race, others have jumped ahead of you in line, but don’t compare your timeline to others. You are closer to your promise than you know and you have come further than you realize. Keep your eyes on me and don’t worry about the timing.”
If I am being honest, I will tell you I don’t understand God’s timing. If I am being raw, I’ll tell you I have not always been a fan of His timing.
I have asked questions like:
Why does some breakthrough come effortlessly while I seem to be in a perpetual timeout box. Why does it have to take so long for me? I’m ready now. That other person was less prepared than me yet God fulfilled their dream.
These questions are how we wait badly. These questions causes frustration in the wait. I speak from experience.
How do we embrace God’s timing for us with excitement and enthusiasm:
Avoid comparing your journey to others. We will never understand another person’s timeline. We are not supposed to. It’s not our story.
Remember you are not forgotten. God not only knows your name, He knows your promise.
Trust His timing. You don’t have to understand his timing to trust it.
Know you are in good company as you wait. Abraham, Joseph, Joshua, and David all waited for a promise. And look how that turned out.
Believe. David, a man well acquainted with waiting, proclaimed:
“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!” Psalms 27:13-14
Wait well my friends! Release all expectations of timing and just know your appointed time is coming! God’s timing is perfect.