Not Yet, Soon
Isaiah 40:27-31 Why would you ever complain, O Jacob, or, whine, Israel, saying, “God has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me”? Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening?
God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out.
He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.
I have been wondering why I am so tired and worn out. Just yesterday I managed to get in to see my regular doctor. I have a sinus infection. Yes! I got antibiotics! It is so depressing when the doctor says it is a virus and you must just rest. I’m tired of resting and being sick. I just want to get out and do. I want to get back to all the things I enjoy.
Or maybe, just maybe, I haven’t been waiting upon the Lord. Maybe I’m out there jumping ahead and starting things on my own. Maybe I am in such a hurry to reach the next thing in my life, I’m missing out on my “now”.
Recently my daughter said she heard from God on what she is to do with her life. He said, not yet, soon. Just keep on going and preparing. Not yet, soon.
The deep joy at hearing God speak to her coupled with the frustration of not knowing which direction she should take radiates from her being. So she must wait. And gather strength. Learn to trust. And prepare for “soon”.
How do we prepare for our future? By waiting on God. We do our devotions, we read our Bible, we journal, we pray. We pray for others and for opportunities. We pray for our families and ourselves. And we listen to God.
Sometimes when we are in a hurry to arrive somewhere, we miss the things around us. We miss the people on our way, the smiles we could give, a word of comfort, some time with another in need, an offer of help, the gift of ourselves to someone else.
We might not have “arrived” yet. We might not have started our journey to where ever God is leading us. But while we are getting there, let’s stop to listen to Him, and offer whatever we can to whomever we can.
2 Peter 2:5-8 Because you have these blessings, do your best to add these things to your lives: to your faith, add goodness; and to your goodness, add knowledge; and to your knowledge, add self-control; and to your self-control, add patience; and to your patience, add service for God; and to your service for God, add kindness for your brothers and sisters in Christ; and to this kindness, add love. If all these things are in you and are growing, they will help you to be useful and productive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Trust God, Trust Yourself, and do the dishes.