So you’ve prayed about it.
You’ve talked about it with all your friends.
Months have passed…and still, nothing.
You’re waiting to hear from God, and it feels like God is just sitting there with a cosmic stopwatch, watching the seconds pass and enjoying watching you squirm.
In the age of instant gratification, prayer feels really weird. Asking God for things and knowing that He will answer them on His time, regardless of your timetable, feels really strange. Because God isn’t a waiter in Heaven. He isn’t going to bring you your food in approximately 20 minutes. He’s going to give you what you need exactly when you need it. A lamp to your feet. A light to your path. The next step. Not necessarily the entire map, with your destination circled in red ink. No, I think God’s a bit more resourceful than that.
He realizes we would do it on our own if we knew the whole picture. And we’d inevitably fail.
Joel Houston from Hillsong United came to the station to share with us this week. I love what he had to share. He referenced the classic Bible story of Peter attempting to walk on water and eventually crashing and burning, hard.
He told the story differently, though. He actually gave Peter credit for trying. “The rest of the guys were still in the boat,” he noted, “Peter’s the only one who actually took Jesus up on his offer.”
Joel went on. "Jesus catches Peter as soon as he starts to sink. Surely he knew Peter would sink before it happened. Maybe he wanted Peter to know the feeling of true dependence. Maybe even his failure was a lesson in trust."
How does that story change the way we wait?
It means we look at waiting as a chance to exercise our dependence. Our reliance. Our hope. We find the answer to waiting in desperately NEEDING God.
Even in waiting, it sounds cliche...but it's cliche for a reason. He has you right where He wants you.
A self-proclaimed "overdramatic weirdo," Angela loves connecting with people (and often embarrassing herself) live on the radio. Some call her a hipster. Others just don't know what to call her. She is recent graduate of Cedarville University with a degree in Broadcasting and background in music business. All it takes is a mention of music, coffee or traveling to get her excited.