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Active Waiting

Active Waiting

So we have heard that we are supposed to wait on the Lord. I think that's a pretty easy concept that our pea brains can drink easily. Not like reading parts of Revelation, in other words.

I think we'd all nod and mm-hmm in a conversation where someone told us we need to wait on the Lord. "Oh, you're not sure if you should be an underwater photographer or a dentist? Wait on the Lord, man."

"Mm-hmm."

 The first step is clearly to pray. We talk to God, ask Him what we need, pour our hearts out. He listens. Now what? We wait on the Lord.

I am waiting on God to make me a better writer. I don't think I'm the worst but I am certainly not the best. So while I wait, I get up at 4:45 a.m. every day and drink coffee and write before I head to the office. I figure God probably isn't just going to ignite my brain with the combined brilliance of C.S Lewis, Hemingway, and say - Cormac McCarthy while I sleep. I don't know what else to do so I do.

Maybe you're waiting on God to make your work meaningful. Or maybe you're waiting on Him to tell you to be an underwater photographer or a dentist (you're looking for direction). My suggestion would be to pray and wait and listen and look to the heavens - while on your way to work. Doing tends to precede wisdom. We realize we can't sing when we try to sing, so we realize we should try another talent. Or maybe we change jobs and find we really love sales. We wouldn't have known without action.

God made our lives to be journeys. When we are at rest, it is refreshing us to move again. So when we stand at a crossroads (or even an impasse) and have prayed to God for an answer - for help - we don't have to do so with our hands in our pockets leaning up against the wall.

We can actively wait.

"...but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31)
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