Is this ever going to happen? I remember as a young preacher just starting out feeling like I would never get my shot, like it was taking forever. I look back on that now and think I was being ridiculous.
However when you’re in the moment it can sometimes seem like the thing you are wanting, needing or believing for is taking forever to arrive. I’m very results oriented, and if I don’t see the results soon enough I can become frustrated. Knowing this about myself helps me to work through it as I wait.
I’ve noticed that when we aren’t patient it can result in some negative things in our lives. Things like…
>not learning the lessons we were meant to learn in the process
>trying to position ourselves and manipulate a situation
>stunt our growth and development.
James 1:2-4 in the NKJV says…
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
When we are patient some positive things happen.
>we grow and mature
>our understanding is enlightened
>we acquire the necessary skills, attitudes, and mind sets to fully achieve our goal
Patiently waiting implies that work is going on. Don’t make the mistake that waiting equals nothing, waiting is part of the process of learning, developing, building and growing. Much of which is invisible externally until the wait is over
When we have that sense of purpose, when we are impassioned to bring change, to get results, to accomplish the goal, we get excited! We can see the end of the rainbow, and envision how things will turn out, but in between here and there are several steps you can’t see that have to be taken. Be patient with the process while keeping your eye on the purpose.
*Joseph was 17 when he received the dream but well over 30 when it came to fruition.
*Moses was early 40’s when he realized his purpose and over 100 when he saw the land of promise
*David was believed to be around 17 when he killed Goliath and anointed king, but didn’t actually reign over all of Israel until he was around 37
So if you are working on a goal, building an organization, leading a team, or just contemplating that next step in your destiny, be passionate, excited, energetic “AND” patient.
Hurry Up and Wait!