There are so many moments in our lives that we waste worrying about things that have yet to happen. We bring with us everything from our past. It’s inevitable because our past shapes who we are. We also bring with us our present thoughts, our present actions, and our present words. Those too shape who we are. And we also bring our hopes and fears for what’s yet to come. These too, shape and affect who we are and will become. It says in Psalm 139:4-6, “Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain!”
I think something I often forget is that God has been with me the entire time, He is with me right now, and He will go with me wherever I go for all eternity. He has been, and He will be. He has seen, and He will see. (p.s. those are lyrics from a totally amazing song! Click here to listen to it => You Know Me by Steffany Frizzell)
I like the word picture of God hemming us in “behind and before.” We can know that we will always stay on the path He has for us because He is guiding us every step of the way. He already knows what’s going to happen to us tomorrow, so He is the only one who can guide us accordingly. Because of this we have no need to worry. I find myself at moments feeling like I’m wasting time, or that I could be doing something more with my life right now. I realized that sometimes God puts us in a waiting room because we’re not ready for the next step. There are also some things that are simply out of our control, and we have to realize that that’s OK. God already knew we would be where we are now, and He knows where to direct our next step because He already had a plan for our life before the world even began.
It is important, that even if God has placed you in a period of waiting, to not just sit idly by. It can be so tempting to want to do just that, but how can we expect to ever get out of the period of waiting by doing nothing? I know that right now, even though I may feel like the things I’m doing in my life are inconsequential, God is preparing me for greater things, and that encourages me. It reminds me of the verse in 1 Corinthians 15 that says, "So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless." I just have to remember that this period of waiting isn’t forever, and that I can’t just sit around, during my waiting. I need to actively wait, and use this time to grow deeper in my walk and relationship with God because as I do that I will begin to change and become more like Him, and one step closer to the amazing plan He has in store. My Old Testament Professor actually just touched on this subject in class as he was talking about God's promise to Abraham. The three things he told us to remember when we are waiting for God’s promise are that God is sovereign, God is always near, and God has the big picture.
So remember that although it may be hard, and it feels like you’ve been waiting for so long, God has promised to us that His purpose will always prevail because He is sovereign.