Waiting is a game that doesn’t ever seem to end, especially in a world of instant gratification. I recently saw a clip on “America’s Funniest Home Videos” of a young brother and sister getting a shot at the ol’ wishbone game. If you are not familiar with the game, it goes a little something like this: Each participant grabs an end of the wishbone (usually from a turkey). At the count of 3, both people pull, thus breaking the wishbone. Whoever has the longer piece is said to have their wish granted, winning the challenge. In this particular video, the sister got the longer end. After her initial thrill of victory, she turned to her mother with a puzzled look and asked, “Where’s my lollipop?” The mother, somewhat confused, said “What do you mean, sweetie?” The girl replied, “I wished for a lollipop. Where is it?” Realizing she was not going to see the lollipop anytime soon, she broke down in a heap of tears and disappointment, landing her in the finals for the $100,000 grand prize the show hands out.
Let’s face it. We don’t like to wait. We prefer for our wishes, desires, prayers, etc. to be answered. Now. Often, the expectations and even realities we experience in our daily lives we project onto God. We also desire that immediate answer from Him. We anticipate that once we have prayed for healing, for a job promotion, for a relationship to be mended, among other things that God should be answering us. We imagine that, like a text, He has “read” our request and we’re merely waiting for His response.
What about when it feels like God doesn’t even see us? What about when we are doing well in our lives? We are sharing our faith with others. We are attending church. We are studying the Bible daily. We are honoring our spouse, our boss, our co-workers, our children but it feels like God is somehow missing it. We are doing good works with seemingly no results. It’s like He doesn’t even see us…
But God sees you. In Galatians 6:9 Paul writes “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time, we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” We are not promised what the blessing will look like, we are not promised when we will receive the blessing. But,we are indeed promised that if we are patient, if we are faithful, if we continue doing good,at just the right time, we will be seen. We will be answered. Perhaps not in our own timing, but rather in God’s PERFECT timing.
Prayer: God help me to see You for who You are; that You are the King of all kings, that You are the Creator of the Universe, that You designed creation so perfectly and amongst all of it, chose me to have a relationship with. Remind me that Your timing is perfect. When I am waiting, help me to wait patiently. When I feel alone, help me to remember that I’m not. When I feel like You don’t see me, remind me that You do and that You’re working all things together for my good. Thank you, Lord for all You have done for me, even if I can’t see it yet. Give me opportunities to be patient today. In Your Son, Jesus’ name, amen.
Craig Conner is currently on staff at The River as a Church Plant Resident and you can usually spot him hiding behind the drum cage on Sunday mornings. He is married to his best friend, Alex and they have a 2 year old pup named Champ. Craig is from Texas, loves the Braves, Cowboys (try not to hold it against him), Texas Tech, and of course, music. His passion is to see Christ followers achieve their God-inspired dreams and live sold out for Him on a daily basis.