Todays agenda was stacked and scheduled all nice and perfect. Triple tasking at all times because I’m neurotic (God is still working on me!!). I had a meeting outside the office so I also scheduled someone to meet me there and hand off some work stuff (multitasking), then scheduled a back to back meeting (triple tasking) at the same location to reduce the amount of driving. No gaps in between the three because everything was going to fall perfectly into place of course. Until it didn’t. My perfect start to the day (which included the miracle of being on time for once in my life) quickly deteriorated. The person who was supposed to drop by to do the handoff didn’t show. The back to back meeting didn’t show, wasn’t answering their phone and then 10 minutes after the start time said they couldn’t make it. Nothing was working out according to my perfect plan.
And then it happened. I had to stop. And wait. Neither of which I’m good at. I didn’t have a good attitude about it.
As I sat there trying to tell myself “Look for the good in this”, “God is always at work”, “Look for God working in this moment”, “Who does God want me to minister to right now”, it hit me that he was already working and had already answered my question. It wasn’t about me reaching someone in that moment but rather God reaching ME in that moment. In a way only God can do, he had me stop to focus not on the task of life and the task of ministry, but Him in life and Him in ministry. Funny how I was looking to minister to others and I wound up being ministered to myself.
Do you have some stop and wait that needs to happen today? Are you missing God in the tasks of today? Stop. And wait.
Psalm 27:14 – Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord
Psalm 25:5 – Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day.
Psalm 130:5 – I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, and in His word do I hope.
James 5:7-8 – Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.
Psalm 33:20 – Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.