Don’t Rush Your Season- Wait!
Waiting time is dead time. That’s what often we think about when waiting. Doing nothing. Specially us men, we love to solve problems, do something, we want results, results, results- or at least, we want progress.
That’s what I recently learned. I am in a season of waiting right now. A lot of things are generally in the status quo. A few times I have been trying to force myself out of the season. I did things on my own hoping to see premature progress happen. But the good thing about starting with God, is that He doesn’t only walk with you at the beginning but He is also beside you while you wait– He did not allow my lame attempts to get out of the season, He used people to rebuke me. He humbled me.
I thought that I can start it with God, so I can have a boost, but then later I could leave Him and go ahead on my own and jump from one season to the next- wrong! He loves me so much to let me do that. I was reminded of one story where there was a dead waiting time for the apostle Paul and his friend Silas- in prison. Acts 16:22-24 tells us about how they were imprisoned.
But my favorite part was how they acted while they were in prison:
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” – Acts 16:25-28, NIV
Several things I learned in the season of waiting:
1. Paul and Silas didn’t blame each other why they’re in prison, they didn’t talk about what they’d do once they’re out either. They praised God while waiting! You do not realize that “others” are looking at you who are undergoing the same season. Other prisoners were listening to Paul and Silas pray and sing to God!
2. Do not hurry out of the season. The earthquake that broke their chains was a test. They were given an easy way out, but they chose to stay. Why? Read the next point…
3. Our waiting time can be used by God for our good and for the good of other people. Because Paul and Silas waited, the jailer didn’t kill himself- but in turn believed in Jesus, along with all his household! (see Acts 16:34) Imagine that!? The supposed to be dead time in prison turned out to be a time to minister to a person and cause him to know God along with his whole family!
Take waiting seriously, it’s not dead time. Sometimes the things you do and the things you learn while waiting are the things that would prepare you to become a better person when you reach your destination.
I just want to share with you an old song from John Waller:
My prayer is we become men who knows how to wait. Men who knows what to do while waiting and glorify God even while we wait.
Val Baguios III is an IT Service Desk shift supervisor working in IOM (International Organization for Migration). One of his passions is discovering and sharing the vast wisdom that can be taken from the Bible and applying it on how we do work daily in the corporate world. You can visit his site http://www.brokenmindset.org/. Broken Mindset is driven by this truth, that if we renew our mindsets, the way we think and the way we approach things- not according to “worldly” standards but by the truth of God’s word- then, we become transformed individuals. Individuals who can rise up and make a difference- because that is what we are called to do.