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Playing the Waiting Game

Rarely do I feel compelled to write about chapel. Normally, it’s not awful, but it’s usually not my thing. The worship’s decent but I have trouble focusing on God in huge groups of people, and sometimes the speakers are simply dreadful. For this week, though, WU did a great job picking the speaker for Spiritual Life Week. His name is Tommy Kyllonen aka Urban D from Crossover Church in Tampa. He’s not at all what I expected, but the theme for the week hits my heart in just the right way.

The theme for the week is “Dreams” and we’re following the story of Abram (aka Abraham) and his wife Sarai (aka Sarah). God told Abram to leave his home and go where he tells him to go. And Abram actually does it! He packs up and leaves at age 75. Leaves everything he knows and understand to follow God. That’s faith alright. God then promises to give them a son. Sarai was 65. Yikes.

The thing of it is, though, that God didn’t fulfill his promise right away. He had them wait 25 YEARS until they finally had a bouncing baby boy. Do the math. Yup, Abram was 100 and Sarai was 90. God must have a sense of humor.

That’s as far as we’ve gotten. We still have another chapel tomorrow to finish up. The focus of today was being in God’s waiting room and understanding that sometimes God may place a dream in your heart but it could take years to come to fruition. During that time, He’s preparing you to fulfill those dreams, but you have to remain faithful and trusting. That’s the hard part.

Here I am. Waiting. Hubs is waiting too. God’s placed huge dreams in our hearts but we cannot catch a glimpse the light at the end of the tunnel. I know it’s there. I know God’s here…somewhere. I feel let down though. I’ve seen things crumble before my eyes over the last few months. It’s making it  hard to trust this crazy unknown plan He’s got because I don’t understand what is around the corner. I’m hanging on, but barely. I just don’t understand it. A little clarity would be appreciated.

Welcome to my waiting room. I think I’m going to be here a while, but I guess I’m going to learn how to truly trust God in the process.

Comments on: "Playing the Waiting Game" (3)

  1. I attended a Seventh Day Adventist college and there were times i found myself sitting in Chapel and not understanding why i was forced to attend.

    Your post is interesting to me…I battle a lot with my faith in God and it has nothing to do with me wanting to disobey him or what not, its just that at times, the things that i ask him for, simply do not come and i am forced to play the waiting…and at times my patience is non existant…

  2. But i guess God is always going to remain God…He does things as he see fit…

  3. So your husband just came up in my facebook feed and I wrote him a message cuz I haven’t seen nor heard from you guys in…well years!

    And then I went to your page and found my way to your blog and here I am writing!

    I appreciated your post. The waiting game is a tough lesson to learn, especially when you know that God has planted a seed in your hearts for something spectacularly BIG for His glory.

    Sarah Beth and I have been playing that game for some time as well. We’re learning it’s God’s grace gift to us to keep us in a place of wilderness while learning that He really is enough. That His presence and His life in us really is sufficient even when our dreams and desires and wants seem to go unfulfilled.

    The greatest lesson we have learned over the past 3 years is that God really does work all things together for GOOD for those who love Him and are called according to His purposes…Rom. 8:28-The hard part though…is that our definition of good rarely fits His. We have learned the hard way to let Him define His goodness in our lives, even when it’s hard, painful, heart breaking. And because we know He is a good and loving Father, we can trust that anything that comes to us first comes through Jesus Christ and when it reaches us it is filled with the Spirit of Christ, so what do we have to fear!

    Hope you and Chris are enjoying each other through the process and that marriage continues to grow into a place of beauty, safety and intimacy. Give your man a big hug for me and tell him to write me back!


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