“Hurry up and wait!”, “This statement doesn’t make sense!!” shouted one of the young men that I get the opportunity to pastor. We had been talking for a while over a few days and the focus of this chat was how can I focus on my future when I don’t know what I’m going to do? This seems to be a challenge when you don’t have the confidence to just wait and when there is nothing to do. Waiting is not a problem when you know who’s plan you’re waiting for. Charles Spurgeon puts it this way:

“Stand still” – keep the posture of an upright man, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice; and it will not be long ere God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said it to the people of Israel, “Go forward.” 

If the Lord makes us wait, let us do so with our whole hearts; for blessed are all they that wait for Him. He is worth waiting for. The waiting itself is beneficial to us: it tries faith, exercises patience, trains submission, and endears the blessing when it comes. The Lord’s people have always been a waiting people- Charles Spurgeon I’ve realized that many people fight to meet this contradiction. We live in a society when we can do anything at any time. Example. The internet has been a blessing but I also feel like it’s been a curse. Everything is available to us all the time e.g. Information, relationships, food, shopping etc. We have lost the art of sitting still and waiting. 

Proverbs 3:5,6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths”

So my advice to my friend is do all that you can do with what you know and then wait for God to bring the rest. It’s said that the three pillars of Christianity are Bible, Spirit and community: Read your Bible, Pray in the Spirit, Be in community. These three things have the ability to change the way you view life. Don’t be in such a rush to get all the answers from the world, but… Take out your bible and read His word so you can get to know Him more. Take time to pray. To know what someone wants to do you have to talk to them and hear their voice. Take opportunities to spend time with people that can lead you in to all that God had got for you. “Hurry up and wait” means to do some things in a series, fast and then have to wait a long time to do the next things in the series. (Originally military.) That’s all we ever do. Rush to stand in line somewhere. We just hurry up and wait all day long. Hurry up and wait! That’s the army for you. Even in the military this concept has been adopted. This High level training has the same principles run fast doing the right things and then wait.  

Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Please take time today to do all you can do and then wait for miracle.  

By Terry and Julie Scott