waiting on God … hmmm? a very prominent meme amongst christians from what I can see
firstly, it’s very rich coming in a world of fast-food, instant gratification, personal short and long term insurance, re-insurance, quick-fix best sellers, disposable culture
just the thought of waiting on/for anything is revolutionary in our times
so what are we waiting for? …. for God to open doors?
I was asked this very sincerely recently - so it got me thinking
… and when we wait what are we waiting for?
is God late? reluctant? … holding out with punitive intent? … insisting that we first learn a lesson or two before he grants us our wish … our need …. our desire ….does God do this?
hang on, I thought it says that he makes it rain on the godly as well as the ungodly … so, nah, can’t be then? … can it?
hey! – maybe he’s waiting for us? … but if we are waiting for God and he’s waiting for us neither will get what they’re waiting for – in fact, this way no one gets anywhere … so it’s got to be one or the other, not both? … not so?
so, what does it say? … it says that God is at rest – that’s what it says
and what could this mean? is he tired? exhausted? needing a holiday?
but then again, maybe not …. maybe he’s satisfied? … like after a job well done … maybe even content, confident – maybe God’s at rest in the fact that what was begun in the beginning was indeed good, profoundly successful and very well balanced and well able, in it’s own good and perfect time and process to run its perfect course to a perfect end … ?
but for most of us to wait is a huge weight – especially in these times we live in
ok, so he’s resting, but does this mean he’s stopped? … now there’s a question!
it all was started in the beginning and it goes on, or so we are led to believe
we use words like eternity … a very short word for such a long time
… but then maybe time has nothing to do with eternity? … now there’s another long question
it’s often sung from the scriptures that waiting on God is good
but is it always good to wait?
well, maybe not always, but perhaps definitely in this day and age
why? - well to my mind we live in an artificial world – a world no longer in line with what it was meant to be – a make believe world of virtual reality masquerading as reality, in fact no, not only masquerading as reality, but actually replacing reality
we have made the world we live in and it’s a world of strenuous marketing strategies based almost exclusively on self-promotion
this is so anti the spirit, pattern and process of the universe we say we live in – even so anti the spirit of the Christ we claim to worship and follow as personal disciples (did the term ‘anti-christ’ come to mind? … hmmmm?)
I had a thought once that shook me to my bones – a simple thought really, but it changed almost everything for me …. it dawned on me that the creator as well as the creation does not plant trees, but instead, seeds are sown. … this is a revolutionary thought (if you can let the seed take root in your mind that is)
if anything is to surface, it will surface even if it has to break through tons of solid concrete
it may take time but it will surface
there are very few if any, sudden, quick fixes
trying to make things happen …. also, …. waiting for things to happen, both don’t work – it will happen, or it won’t …. and when it does it will not be a second earlier or later than is the perfect time, regardless of the circumstance or context – perhaps even if the context is our own misguidedness or even mindless foolishness … now there’s another thought
this is not fatalism but the reality of the order of our universe … and if there is no order … well then, nothing matters at all … which sadly, in this day of such enlightenment and technological advance is pretty much the way we live our lives mostly – no mind for the effects of cause nor the cause of effects – no understanding of time or space ahead or past …. only, nothing but me and mine
perhaps ‘waiting on God’ is simply the time it takes to finally allow ourselves to see the reality of who we are? … also the reality of what we are, where we are and what we are standing on … so that then we can respond appropriately
perhaps it’s the time it takes for us to come to a realisation of who or what God is? … for us?
and who or what we are … for God?
… that is who God is …
…. that who we are is what we are
…. that who we or God are is not what we’d like it to be, or wish it weren’t – which is just normal marketing and merely vain magic tricks to try perhaps stay the hand of the inevitable for a while (did you hear the word witchcraft?)
there is order out there as well as in here … so maybe waiting on God is the realisation that shouting louder only makes us deaf to the realities around us…
… that trying harder only increases the resistance …
… that giving up only prepares us for collision
but like God, we too can be at rest