Have you ever felt stuck? Stuck in place where you had no control, with your hands tied behind your back? I remember feeling that way when I was applying to graduate school. I spent the summer through the fall of that year writing and perfecting application components. Then, as soon as the online applications went “live” I submitted but that also meant waiting a good 3-4 months before any response was heard. It was a very stressful time. I began making secondary and tertiary plans for my life such as being a lab technician or just up and changing my career. It was very reminiscent of Sarah’s quest to have a child. Genesis 16:1-4 describes how Sarai was unable to conceive so she decided instead of waiting for God’s time, she decided to matters into her own hands. She took her maidservant, which was customary of the time, and instructed Abram to sleep with her in lieu of Sarai. Instead of waiting for God to move in her life and give her the gift of a son she made a whole mess of drama for herself.
Hindsight is 20/20. I should have waited patiently, like I should wait patiently every time. But why is it so hard? Why can’t we just sit still? Is it faith A.D.D.?
Have you ever experienced a time when you had a problem or something you were praying about and then decided to solve it yourself because you felt that God was taking too long? What was that like?
During times of waiting, answers or results are our salvation. And that is what we should be thankful for.
I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation. Psalm 118:21