Have you ever waited for something good or bad and not known what to do with yourself? The waiting game begins and in my experience can create havoc, if we don’t know how to play it well.
How do we play the “waiting game” well? Is it possible to still enjoy each moment, to be fully present in that place of waiting, whether it is waiting with excitement or waiting with fear? How can we keep from letting precious moments slip through our fingers like sand? Yes, every moment is precious. If we believe that God is in our “now”, then every moment has purpose. Every moment is precious. Every moment is important.
Like David, we can learn to “Let be and be still, and know (recognise and understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge (our High Tower and Stronghold). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! (Psalm 46:10)
“Let be and be still” is a choice we can make. The art of breathing deeply and being still in a hurried world opens our eyes, ears, and hearts to the reality that Father God is with us every single moment. His presence is what makes each moment holy. Meaningful. Precious. Purposeful. Nothing is wasted when the Father is allowed to be part of our moments, whatever they look like.
Just knowing the theory of this will leave us empty. But pausing and taking the time to recognise and understand that God is with us in each moment has the capacity to fill us with an inexplicable peace and joy regardless of why we are waiting.
Acknowledging that Father God is in every moment will enable us to give thanks for every moment, whether to us they seem good or bad.
“Be happy and rejoice and be glad-hearted. Never stop praying. Thank God in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you who are in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18)
The simple act of pausing and giving thanks to God for each moment brings Him glory. Why? Because we are fulfilling His will for our lives. In the pausing and in the giving thanks a way is made for the Father to take our moments, to create something beautiful, and to hand them back so they don’t slip through our fingers but rather point others to Himself.
What Amazing Grace!
“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
Invite Father God into each moment today. Though it goes against the grain give thanks for each moment. Wait to see what He will do. I am learning to do it, at times wholeheartedly, other times hesitantly and inconsistently. Father God never ceases to amaze and surprise me. He will do the same for you.
Try it. Maybe like me, you will begin to experience what it is to fully live right where you are.
Be encouraged and blessed today.