We’ve been working on a project for the last year. Anticipation has been growing as we look forward to completing the humongous task at hand – building a house. Everyone asks “how is it going?” “Have you moved yet?” Our standard answer seems to be, “we are very successful at hurrying up and waiting.”
Thinking back over many decades (more than I choose to count), I realize that I’ve been in a hurry for everything. I was a baby and couldn’t wait to crawl, then stand, then walk, then run. I was a teenager who couldn’t wait to have my own car, my own independence. I couldn’t wait until I graduated, went to school, and have my own life. Couldn’t wait until I got married, have children, then have a career. When hard times hit, I couldn’t wait until storms passed. The list is never-ending. It seems the human condition just can’t wait.
Economist John Maynard Keynes wrote an essay in 1930 stating that within a hundred years, advances in science and technology would allow humans to only have to work fifteen hours a week. Fast forward to today and we see the human race is busier today than ever before.
I learn my best lessons from scripture. Sometimes it takes me a while to uncover the lesson, but the lesson always comes. As I was reading in the Old Testament, when David was fleeing from King Saul, he asked the king of Moab if his parents could come and stay with him “until I learn what God will do for me?” (1 Samuel 22:3). David was a busy man, trying to escape Saul’s murderous plots, yet he took time to provide for his family. Even in his haste, David took the time to wait on God.
It’s easy for us humans to fall into the trap of self-deception. We can tell ourselves that God wants us to do something that is not His will. We can move forward when God is telling us to step back. Or we can speak when God has called us to remain silent.
To hurry up and wait (peacefully in God’s timing) requires spiritual maturity, knowledge of God’s ways, and patience beyond our natural abilities. God gives us the tools through the Holy Spirit to pause and wait for Him to show us His way. When we hurry up and wait for the Lord, we are going to be blessed beyond what we could ask or think in Christ.
Thank you, Lord, for being patient with me so I can learn to wait for your plan to unfold.
Debby Efurd is co-founder of Cary John Efurd Ministries. Learn more about the ministry by liking our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CJEMinistries) and downloading our FREE mobile app (get.theapp.co) from App Store or Google Play. Once downloaded, allow notifications to keep you up to date on what’s happening in Cary John Efurd Ministries. Debby can be contacted at email@example.com