Missions

Waiting…I Hate It

I am a very punctual person; rarely late for anything and expecting the same out of others. When I first began teaching the Mozambican women I struggled with their rarely being on time. I was ready to begin at 2PM, yet they trickled in sometimes up to forty-five minutes later.
The women are busy throughout the day grinding mealies or getting water from the river or well. The sun is their clock and it doesn’t call out to them when it’s two o’clock.
How could I expect women who don’t have watches to be somewhere at a specific time?
God also has His own timepiece. He doesn’t always “show up” on my timetable as I would like.

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

 –Psalm 27:14
From long lines at the grocery store to waiting for my bill at a restaurant-
Waiting…I hate it.
Is it not the same with ministry? When things are not happening at the speed I would like I am ready to move on to something else. Yet, I don’t want to miss out on what God has for me by…
-giving up too soon
-going another direction
-taking matters into my own hands
God is patient with me; shaping me into a vessel to be used for His glory. As He demonstrates patience towards me, I too must be patient with Him knowing that His timing is perfect.

What has been your experience through waiting on the Lord for a certain circumstance?

4 thoughts on “Waiting…I Hate It”

  1. This post is perfect timing. Just yesterday, I was about ready to give up “waiting” on something that I'd been waiting for, for a very long time. I almost “took action” to make the thing happen on my own timetable, but I resisted the urge. And then, about two hours later, the answer came through, without my meddling!

  2. Nice to find you through TellHisStory. I leave for Guatemala on Friday on my first mission trip so I was happy to find my way here. I'd love to explore your site once I return. This makes me think of the verse from Psalm 37:4, “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” The waiting is hard but when we wait on His perfect timing He will give us the desires of our heart. Blessings to you.

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I'd love to dialogue with you about short-term and long-term mission if you'd be willing… you can reach me at dave [at] ailministry [dot] org… let me know…

  4. We live in a country where time is not so important. It's hard to give up our American time-keeping. It's doubly hard to give up our desire for OUR time to God.

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