Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Outpourings: Why Waiting Is Illusive

"I'm in a season of waiting..."

"I'm waiting for the right person to come along."

"I'm not sure what to do, so I'm just waiting."
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Although all of these responses to situations and seasons are completely appropriate, they are only that if a certain reality is understood: there really is not such thing as waiting.

What I mean by that is, a period of time, no matter what is happening within it, is constantly in movement.  God never ceases to move and work (2 Chronicles 16:9); therefore, no manner of time is insignificant and void of God's breath and focus.  

I have been guilty this week of the former mindset.  In many areas of my life, I am "waiting".  But I began to discern that that meant truly very little for what God was doing in my life, and what He wanted me to focus on through the process.  Just because we are waiting for a certain subject or outcome in one area to arise does not negate the importance of staying fully aware and present to every other detail.  

Complete the sentence.

I feel like I am waiting in ______(this area)_______ of my life.  Instead of focusing on one particular outcome, I will choose to focus on God's work amidst every other aspect of this time.  

In this mindset, we are open to continual growth, movement, challenge, and adventure; we do not become paralyzed.  God is always keeping watch over His children; He never sleeps.  And if God is always moving on our behalf, I'd venture to say that we are never really waiting.  

Today's outpouring invites us all to recognize the details, the beautiful nuances, moving all around us, even during seasons when we are tempted to stay still and "wait".  

What are these details for you right now?  What does God want you to see/do/experience while you wait within this time and place?  

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