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on April 27, 2012

” But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings as eagles; They shall run, and not be weary; and They shall walk, and not faint.”

Isaiah 40:31(KJV)


           Waiting is not my favorite activity. I am not good at doing nothing. If I have a book and my i-pod  I am usually ok but there are still times they are not enough. God has had me in a holding pattern for the last 4 years. At least that is how it has felt. I think I have been approaching the whole subject of waiting from the wrong perspective.

In church this verse has always been talked about as a period of rest and recuperation. I don’t think that is always the case. Yes, a period of resting can be useful if we have been in battle or if we have been working very hard. But what if we haven’t? What is the point of waiting then?

I think there is a second way to take this verse. It isn’t necessarily a matter of waiting for God to be ready or for things to fall into place before we are sent to do what we are called to do. I think the period of waiting can be about preparing us for our calling. I have spent the last 4 years in college at God’s leading. I am ready to launch myself on the world and do good for God! But am I really?

If I am honest with myself, that answer is no. As frustrating as further waiting is right at this moment, I realize that I need to get back in step with God like I was when he started me on this journey. My time with him has become hurried (if it happens at all). I shoot off quick prayers for myself and my friends but most of them are centered on the “gimme’s” They are not about talking WITH  God as much as talking at him and giving him my list of demands. Definitely not a starting point for learning and listening.

This whole meditation came about in response to, of all things, a Hallmark movie I saw on TV last night. The final scene of the movie was of a group of girl firefighters in a detention center doing jumping jacks when the call came that there was a fire and they had to suit up and be ready to go in 10 minutes. They ran from the field to get ready to go.

Then, this morning when I woke up, that scene was still with me and it hit me that this is what I was supposed to be doing while waiting for my work for God to begin. I am supposed to be training and getting ready. Keeping myself spiritually fit for the job ahead. If I just sit and wait and play on Facebook I am not going to be able to do my job when the time comes.

So I am back in training. There will be some rough patches as I work myself back into spiritual shape. Just as there are as I struggle to get healthier physically. But I have to persevere if I am going to be ready when God calls me. Otherwise I may spend my life waiting for a call that doesn’t come because God needs people who are ready. I am going to be one of those.


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