Today, I had a doctor’s appointment. I am not a huge fan of doctor visits. I try to avoid them at all cost. I had to go this time so I figured that I could endure it. So, I check in and walk through the hallway with the nurse to my room. She gets my information, and boom she leaves. Then you wait…. Have you ever waited during that time? Oh my word, it seems like everytime I wait after the nurse leaves. Now, you get educated on the various body parts and latest diseases. The crazy thing is the nurse always tries and makes me feel good with comments like, “wait right here and the doctor will be right with you.” I know that is a lie, it is going to be a long while. Why don’t the nurse just say, “wait right here and the doctor will be in about 20 minutes from now.” Well, that sounds good, but when I hear “right with you” I think 2-3 minutes. Well, I begin to wait, and I waited for a long time today. I start to wonder if the doctor forgot me. You ever wonder if the doctor forgot you? You sit there, and think did the nurse forget to tell the doctor that I was ready? Maybe the doctor had to go to the restroom or something. Well, you have no idea what the hold up is so you sit there and wait. I was wondering if I needed to go in the hallway to check if everything was okay. Luckily I did not. That is how I always feel though as I wait in the doctor’s office waiting on the doctor.
Have you ever felt that way about God? Maybe God forgot about me, or maybe He did not hear my prayer. Did God have better and more important people to see? So, you sit there waiting on God just like you wait in the waiting room. You know waiting on God is a VERY good thing. Now, during the time where you have some feelings that I mentioned above, it does not seem like a good thing, but it is. One pastor told me, “You cannot fail when you wait on God.” I have had a couple of instances in my life where I honestly felt like God was not hearing my prayers or something, because He was not acting upon what I felt I needed. Now, that was the root of my problem. I was focused on what I thought I needed. It is not about me or you, our lives are all about God! Well, I learned some valuable principles that have helped me during this process and I wanted to share them with you:
1. The Lord’s protection is not always from, but sometimes it is through. If you get this thought, you get the point! We are naturally selfish people. I am not trying to be mean, but we are. We are not willing to understand that maybe you are waiting on purpose. God could be trying to teach you things, but you are too busy asking why. During the waiting time of my ministry, God taught me more than I believe He has ever taught me.
2. God always has a plan in His perfect time. God has a plan for your situation. It may seem impossible, but remember all things are possible with God. I love serving the God of the impossible. He has a plan, and remember, it is all about His time. His time is on time. Whenever He works, He is ALWAYS right on perfect time. If you and I directed things, it would be messed up!
3. You can always trust God’s character. His character is perfect and immutable. He never changes. We are serving the same God who allowed David to kill Goliath. We serve the same God who destroyed Jericho by marching and blowing trumpets. You can always trust His character.
4. God is working in secret when you cannot see it. We see the here and now, and God is looking at the past, present, and future all at one time. He is working in the future and the present to lay things out according to His perfect plan for your life. His unseen hand is working when you cannot see it. It is our responsibility to trust that unseen hand.
Are you waiting on God for something. Just wanted to encourage you with some powerful truths that I have learned from God lately.