The ocean was restless and moody, like me. I tried to soak in the beauty of my surroundings and be patient. Swatting at gnats, I walked further down the beach to get a better vantage point.
Where was the sun? I snapped a few shots of the birds looking for their morning meal. Their flight seemed so peaceful. They glided across the water with ease and in perfect unison.
I could sense God trying to speak to me through his creation, but my mind kept going back to the sun. Where was it? Had I missed it?
A fishing boat made it’s way north and I followed it’s path with my eyes. I glanced back to the boardwalk where I’d left my shoes, then turned my attention back to the sleepless surf.
Peeking just above the water in all its amber splendor, it was there. It took its time. There was no hurry about it. It snuck over the horizon with elegance, reflecting perfection over a shimmer of waves.
Just when I was ready to put my camera away and head back to the comfort of my bed, the sun arrived. And the message God spoke to my heart was undeniably clear.
Time spent waiting for God is never wasted.
His timing is perfect, but more often than I care to admit I want things done on my timeline. If I’m not moving at breakneck speed to toward the next goal, move or destination, I think I’m missing something.
Questions overwhelm my soul and I grow weary waiting for the answers. Should I stay in this ministry or step away? Should we stay in this place or move? When will I see this dream you’ve place in my heart come to fruition, God?
The whys and uncertainties stretch out as far in front of me as I can see. Answers are few, so I wait. In all my waiting, I feel as though time is slipping away.
Despite all my whining and anxiousness, the Word tells me waiting on God is never negative. It forces me to look not to myself, but to Him. It shows me my deep need for Him and my inability to make lasting change without his Spirit working through me.
Isaiah 40:31 tells me waiting on the Lord will renew my strength, making me like the birds I saw gliding across the surf. 1 Corinthians 13 lists patience as the first virtue of love.
Those who love God wait for him. We put aside our pride and our schedules and kneel at the feet of the One who knows all things.
And do you know what God does for those who wait? He acts. At just the right time, he reaches out his hand and delivers in a way only he can.
Since ancient times no one was heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for you.
Isaiah 64:4 NIV (emphasis mine)
My friend, no matter what season you’re in, God has not forgotten you. Whether it be on a mountaintop or in a slow valley where it’s difficult to see around the next bend, he is there.
At just the right moment, you will see the Son. And I can promise you that when you witness his majesty shining over you in a way you can’t deny, it will be worth it.