“And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.” Deuteronomy 8:2
As you can tell from yesterday’s blog post, Waitng till Ripe, I’m in a season of waiting. One thing I have learned from the Lord during my walk with Him is that He will waste nothing. It’s up to us to be in tune with Him and allow Him to shape the lesson from the experience.
I left Houston at 4 pm Tuesday and arrived in London at 7:15 am (1:15 am Houston time) Wednesday. I was very excited to be in London to spend time with my life-long friend, Ashley, and her fiancé Lewis. I ran off the plane with Joey Tribbiani’s voice in my head shouting, “London baby!” only to be met by a long UK Border line. I eagerly jumped in line, then waited. And waited. And waited. I didn’t get through the line until 9:30, over two hours later, but as I said, God will waste nothing if you let Him speak to you through all situations.
When I first got in line, my initial excitement carried me through. I was in London! I didn’t care I had to wait because this great thing was upon me. Then half an hour passed and I was getting really hungry. Thankfully, I grabbed some trail mix at the airport in Houston, so I ate a handful of that and continued to wait. My phone was at 15% and not knowing how long the line would be, I was hesitant to use it in case it died and I needed to call my friends. I am an overpacker so my carry-on has a ton of books in it because I like choices for what to read on the plane. The heaviness of the bag started to make my back hurt. To take my mind of that, I grabbed a book, “Ever Increasing Faith” by Smith Wigglesworth, and read while I waited. That worked for awhile, then I became painfully aware of the fact I was barely halfway through the line. What now? I decided to try overwatching prayer. It’s where you pray internally for the people, places, and situations around you. It sounds simple, but it can be very intense as you are standing in the gap, waging war in the spiritual for those around you. After contending for others for a period of time, I had made some progress in the line, but was becoming concerned for my sweet friends who had gotten up early to pick me up and now were waiting also. I started to complain internally, but then Holy Spirit reminded me that helps nothing and the waiting is always easier when you’re positive. I prayed asking that my phone battery would last, pulled out my headphones, and put on worship music. I worshipped internally and listened to song after song that completely changed my attitude so much so, that I felt like I got to the front of the line too fast because I couldn’t finish my qued up songs.
While in line, God reminded me of all those times I have prayed asking for patience. Our God is a God of process not instant gratification. He is a God who is about building our character while revealing more of His. When we pray for something, like patience, He could easily bestow it on us, but He prefers to teach it to us. Why? Because without walking through the lesson, we will never understand the victory of triumph. Yesterday was a win for me. I did not let the enemy gain a foothold by robbing my positive attitude and turning the situation negative. I remained steadfast in the Lord and kept going to Him for what to do and He provided everything I needed- food, reading material, worship music, and a battery that did not go down the whole time I was in line!
He reminded me this is exactly how I am to wait for His promises to unfold. I am to pray, worship, eat, enjoy every moment as it comes, learn all I can, and trust that the current journey is equipping me for the next stage. The journey doesn’t end at our destination. We realize once we get to our perceived destination it’s just the next leg of the journey that carries with its own set of challenges and lessons. God is not a God of final destination, He is a God of the journey. He is all about the walk. He wants us to know Him as His plans unfold and reveal who we truly are. Burning off the dross (something regarded as worthless) and replacing it with righteousness. He wants us, His children, to look more like Him through our thoughts and actions because as we become more like Him, we are able to overcome everything the enemy wants to use for evil.
“Take away the dross from silver, and it will go to the silversmith for jewelry. Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness.” Proverbs 25:4
God wants to establish us in righteousness. We are called to rule and reign with Him in life. We are able to do that through the wisdom of His ways so while we’re waiting for Him to unfold our calling, our purpose, our career, our home, our spouse, our children, our anything, He is teaching us lessons to better equip us for the place He is taking us to. We have to learn to lean into the process and realize our meticulous God does everything with a purpose in mind and there are lessons to be learned in everything.