by Lizzie Wirgau Hurry up and wait. If I had a nickel for the number of times…
Disney World. Fully adorned in fanny packs and sunscreen, my family and I would leave our hotel before the sun was up so we could arrive at Disney right when the gates opened. Upon entry, we would realize that no matter how early we arrived, we would still have to wait for the monorail, Space Mountain, and the Tea Cups. Busy, no-breakfast mornings, then waiting.
College applications. I applied right when my senior year started. Think I was excited to get out into the world? Not only did I hurry and apply right away, I wanted options. So I applied to 9 schools. Then I waited. Nine times I waited. Hard work, then waiting.
My iPhone. I did the research. I switched to AT&T. I had a buyer for my LG EnV Touch lined up. The release date rolled around, and I, shamelessly, waited in line just to pre-order the phone. I even paid for the phone. And, of course, I couldn’t get it that day - I still had to wait 6 weeks for it to be delivered. Payment, then waiting.
This weekend, I spent time with my family, visiting my brother in Miami. We were reminiscing about growing up in Metro Detroit and how different our lives look now than we ever imagined. My mom said, “People would give anything to just be able to look at their lives in 5 or 10 years.” My brother laughed and said, “Mom, people would pay $1,000,000 to see what’s going to happen to them in 10 minutes.” And it’s true. We aren’t used to waiting. We can’t trust the process of waiting. Instant gratification is what the world has groomed us for: On Demand TV, “I’ll just Google it”, fast food, and HSN. These conveniences are amazing and I’m not planning on giving up my Netflix account. However, these instant rewards make seasons of silence much harder to deal with because they are so foreign to us.
Imagine if I decided to withdraw my college applications because UCF was taking too long to accept me. Or imagine if I paid for my iPhone and then decided just to go back to my EnV because I couldn’t wait.
Galations 6:8 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
What this means to me is to not get disheartened. While all of these examples are incredibly “small deals” in the grand scheme, I think there are things to learn about ourselves and about our Creator in these seasons of waiting, instead of just pressing pause on our lives until what we’ve waited for arrives. My favorite part about this verse is where it states “at the proper time.” We can always, always hold to the truth that God’s timing is the perfect timing. In this sweet, yet sometimes unwelcomed, stillness, there is so much God wants to teach us.
We can’t always see the end result, but if we can grasp that our God is FOR us, than we can at least cling to that truth, even when the rest of our future may look foggy. We can know that God is still at work in the stillness and that He does have a plan for us.
Lately, to hurry up translates to working hard and doing my best. Getting Market Colors set up for success. And then waiting on God to work and fill in the gaps. This has let me depend on Him every step of the way and it keeps me humble… relying on Him to do far more than I am capable of. In these seasons of waiting, we can come before God and ask Him to do more than we can even think or imagine. To pray the big, scary prayers. To let God grow you and shape your future in these times of stillness.
So we work hard and seek God hard. And then we wait. We wait upon the Lord. We trust Him for his perfect timing.
Max Lucado writes: "His job is to fight. Our job is to trust. Just trust. Not direct. Or question... our job is to pray and wait."
The first craftsmen have been found. The products have been ordered. The production has begun. Now we prepare. We pray and wait.