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Worship While You Wait

Have you ever waited for something?

Maybe it took you ten years to finish a four-year degree. Maybe you saved for months so that you could buy something that you really wanted. Maybe you’ve been single for a while, and as your biological clock keeps ticking, you wonder how much longer will I have to wait for my spouse? I’ve waited for many things over the course of my life, and each season of waiting tests my patience, my devotion to God, and my ability to persevere.

I thought of this when I read about Hannah in 1 Samuel 1. You see, Hannah was unable to bear children for her husband. In her culture, this was a disgrace. To be barren was to be considered as forgotten by God. What made it worse is her husband had another wife, Peninnah, who’d been able to bear many children. Peninnah teased Hannah repeatedly, further adding salt to the wound. Not only was Hannah barren, she also had to endure being taunted for her inability to reproduce.

What I appreciate about Hannah, is that she didn’t engage in Peninnah’s shenanigans. Instead, she poured her heart out to the Lord (See 1 Samuel 1:15b). She promised God that if He gave her a son, she would dedicate the baby back to Him. A little while later, she conceived and gave birth to Samuel. And the promise she made?–she kept it.  God gave her a son, and she dedicated the gift of her son back to Him.

“I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord…” ~1 Sam. 1:27-28

Hannah challenges me. In her barrenness, she remained devoted to God. She reverenced God in spite of how the situation looked.  I’m crazy enough to believe that even if Hannah hadn’t conceived, she still would have remained faithful in her worship.

I’m also challenged by the fact that Hannah did not allow her situation to keep her from talking to God. Her condition was frustrating and humiliating, but she prayed and worshipped through it. Scripture suggests that she waited a long time before she became a mother. But a major highlight is her commitment to God during the waiting season—a season in which it wasn’t clear whether God would answer her prayer the way she wanted Him to.

You may have been waiting a long time for something. Don’t let the length of time you’ve been  waiting affect your faithfulness to God. Don’t stop praying. Don’t stop glorifying God. If you’re led to fast, then see it through to the end. Regardless of how God chooses to respond, honor Him anyway. Worship while you wait.

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Waiting for You

This is what I hear God saying: I’ve already done it. I’m just waiting for you to get here. I’ve fixed it, healed it, opened the door, directed you, guarded & protected you, anointed you, and developed you. I’m just waiting for you to get here.

I discovered something that blew my mind: God knows my needs before I am even aware of them…before I can even ask him to meet them. This moves me to an entirely new level of trust—just believing that God’s got it taken care of. The simple cure for my anxiety: trust God.

God’s concept of time is completely different from my shallow linear perspective. While I can only understand events as taking place sequentially, God’s concept is so much deeper. For him, there is Kairoj(in Greek),  which can be understood as “appointed time.” Perhaps these are the milestones that I might celebrate throughout my life–finishing school, getting married, entering motherhood, etc. All that matters is that it’s done in the right time, and not prematurely.

The “appointed time” has already been selected for me. Though I have not arrived to full spiritual maturity, God is able to “see” me there. I hear him telling me–“I see you, Sheridan. I’m waiting for you to get here.” Like waiting for a curtain to open at a show, God is waiting to unveil his finished work in me. I believe that he is omnipresent–able to be everywhere all at the same time. Therefore, he is present in my past, my present, and my future. As I consider the vision for my future, I can see him beckoning me to meet him there. It’s amazing that he is able to accompany me on my journey while he is waiting for me to arrive at the finish line.