Doug Creamer: Find ways to seek wisdom while waiting for the Lord
We’ve all had the experience. You are driving down the road and you see a green light up ahead.
You think you are going to make it, then it turns yellow and you know you have to stop. Just a couple more seconds and you would have made it, but no, you have to wait.
Sometimes if you are close enough when it turns yellow you hammer the gas and fly through. But you know when you are in a hurry you are going to have to wait.
My wife asked me to stop and pick up something for her on my way home. No problem. I glided into the store, got the requested items, and then went to stand in a long line.
But I am in a hurry, I thought. Where is all the help? The employees were working hard to get us out, but we still had to wait.
It doesn’t matter how much of a hurry you are in, we all have to wait our turn in line. My wife and I were up in Winston at Target right before Easter.
The store was busy with folks getting their Easter candy. As we made our way to the front we found some long lines reminiscent of those found at Christmas.
One of the customers was so amazed she pulled out her smart phone to take a picture of the long lines. Hasn’t she ever had to wait before?
I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like to wait in a long line, especially if it’s at a restaurant and I am hungry. Unfortunately, waiting in line is a part of life.
I understand waiting my turn most of the time; however, sometimes I get impatient.
When I finally reach the front of the line, I always try to make a joke because I imagine the cashier is feeling stressed, too. I love it when it brings a smile to their face.
Waiting my turn in a long line is one thing, but I really don’t like to hear, “wait” from the Lord. Why does he move so slowly sometimes?
Can’t he see that we are all in a hurry down here? Why does he seem to take such a long time in answering prayer, especially when I am impatient? I don’t know about you, but I want His answer now, now, now!
OK, I am not really that impatient. The longer I have walked with the Lord, the more I have seen some good reasons for God to take His time to answer my prayers.
There have been times when I looked back on situations and I have seen that God had some work to do behind the scenes before He could answer my prayers. The wait came with a purpose.
One of the things God wants us to learn is to have faith.
Scripture teaches us that our prayers are powerful and they can change circumstances.
But sometimes in order for them to work we have to wait on God to work out the details. Many times when we have to wait on God we have to grow our faith in Him in those circumstances.
We have to believe and trust that He is going to move and work on our behalf. Sometimes it just takes time and we have to wait.
In the Bible, Daniel had to wait seven days for an answer to one of his prayers because the angel couldn’t get through to him.
With the Holy Spirit I thought the answer to our prayers could be delivered much more quickly, but apparently God still wants us to wait on Him.
I believe that God is actively working to answer our prayers, especially those for lost loved ones or for those who need His healing touch.
We still need to understand that His answer requires our faith and trust in Him. God loves us and He wants the best for each one of us.
Sometimes in order for Him to work out His best in our lives we are going to have to wait.
I want to encourage you if you find yourself in a holding pattern waiting on God.
He is working to answer your prayers. He loves you.
While the answer may not always be yes, you are going to get God’s best. So continue to wait on the Lord and
He will renew your strength. Let your faith grow as you know that God is at work to answer your prayers.
In the meantime, while you are waiting, seek His face, seek wisdom from His word, and be strong and courageous.
Doug Creamer teaches Marketing at East Davidson High School. His website is located at www.dougcreamer.com Contact him at PO Box 777, Faith, NC 28041 or email firstname.lastname@example.org