In his sermon “Better Odds” Andy Stanley makes a great statement. He’s talking about waiting on God, and he says something along these lines: We look at our watches; God looks at the calendar. When I heard that it froze me in my tracks!
One of the most difficult lessons for any of us is to learn to wait on God. By nature we’re not patient, and our culture offers little encouragement to develop the habit. We want, we need, we think we deserve everything now.
On Wednesday evenings I’ve been talking about Joseph. His story from the book of Genesis is an incredible adventure. He languished in a pit and a prison for several years before God vindicated him. But it was worth the wait. It always is!
If I have learned anything in ministry it is this: we cannot see the whole scope of God’s work, but the scope exists. And we may not see the big picture, but there is one. Today might be just another day of waiting for you, but here’s how you can make it better: Take your eyes off the clock and turn them toward Jesus. Spend this time waiting in expectation rather than desperation. God is at work in your work in life, making all things beautiful in their time.
It’s the hardest part, but eventually the most rewarding!