Wait

Wait; verb (used without object)1. to remain inactive or in a state of repose, as until something expected happens (often followed by for, till, or until): to wait for the bus to arrive.

Wait is an action word. Waiting for something or someone requires a great deal of patience and perseverance. Waiting is made much harder when obstacles and discouraging sights abound at every turn. Choosing to wait is easy, waiting can be excruciating. It will be difficult, it will take time, it will require sacrifice, it WILL be worth it. Anything worth having is worth waiting for. I believe that with all my heart. Therein lies a window to people’s desires and priorities. Do not disguise your heart. Actions reveal what is underneath no matter what is said. Why pretend?

Revelation 3:15-16
I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other!  But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!
God is talking about being all in or all out for Him and we can apply this to every aspect of life. Make a decision and run with it. If you find you have made a wrong decision, then go fix it. Do not worry about it being too late or what has happened since choosing the wrong road. Trek back to the fork and walk the other path.

2. (of things) to be available or in readiness: A letter is waiting for you.

Waiting reveals a state of readiness and availability; as stated above. Letters are a great way to wait. Write out thoughts and words that cannot be spoken, secrets that must stay secret for a while.
Waiting is scariest when you don’t know what you are waiting for. Pour out your heart, do all you can, then give the rest to God and wait. Sometimes we just need to show how committed we are or how much we want something.

3. to remain neglected for a time: a matter that can wait.

Never become a matter that can wait. There is a difference between waiting for the right time and being set aside. Do not hope for or desire something that belongs to someone else. God said, “thou shalt not covet thy neighbors house nor donkey nor ox nor wife.” Wanting someone that belongs to someone else is coveting and means I’m living in sin. If someone says they miss you to you while laying in someone else’s arms, let go man. If it were you doing that to them, they would not wait.  They would be angry, confused, hurt, lonely, and scared. You deserve the truth. You deserve the best. You deserve to be the only, so do they.
Don’t wait for someone who will not prove you are worth the wait as well. No matter how afraid I am, I would want you to know you’re worth it and no one else will do. Easier said than done I know, but the hardest thing and the right thing are usually one in the same. Take your chances while you are able. There is always a way, sometimes the door is hidden, but searching and perseverance will reveal the opening.

None of us can force a change in anyone. People choose what they think is best for them or what is easiest at the time. We on the outside must accept their choice. Sure we can counsel when they ask and encourage one way or the other but the only action under my control is my own. What I do everyday decides what happens next. My choice now decides what options are open to me tomorrow. Some things need to be more than options and cannot be set on the back burner. Some need to be priorities. Of course, we select our own priorities and we make time for what we want. Even small decisions show our heart. Pretending not to care tells everyone who sees that you indeed do not care. Even should you reveal the truth to one or two individuals, if actions, pretend or not, show you going in the opposite direction, those actions are what will be believed. That pot on the back burner may just boil over and evaporate. Then you reach for the handle and slide the lid off only to find its empty.

Parting truth:

2 Timothy 1:7 
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

1 John 4:18 
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 

Psalm 27:14                                                                                                                                                                                                                    wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

What are you waiting for?

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Grace and Peace,

Andrew

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