When I first set out to write “InTransit” I was going through one of the biggest waiting periods of my life. The Bible study was more than something I studied academically. It was birthed out of the pains and struggles of my own life. I have learned that waiting really is about trust. Waiting is not about the time that it takes to have your dreams come true or for something you really want to come to pass – it is whether you trust God or not.
That is why I love the stories of Jesus, David and Joseph as they waited on God through their seemingly hopeless tasks. They couldn’t see how life was going to end for them but they sure trusted God. It really is easy to numb out and burn your time when the pressures of life hit you. I mean, honestly, most of us would rather watch a movie than have to make a hard career decision. We would rather go get coffee and have our favorite overpriced latte than have a difficult interpersonal confrontation. The same is true with waiting. Many times we would rather pursue immediate happiness than wait on God’s plan. I don’t fault anyone in this because it seems like the smart thing to do. You can’t trust the future—things and rules may change. That is precisely why God asks us to trust Him. He is the only One who does not change or fade. He is the One who sees all the angles and knows all the variables.
I am still going through a period of waiting. My current wait is to see if God is going to be faithful to His promises. Isn’t it interesting that I actually think the result is in doubt? I mean, if there is one person you can trust to come through it is God, right? The problem with me and waiting is not that I don’t think God can do anything, but that He may not comply with my demands in the time I want them and in the way I would like them executed. That is why waiting is all about trusting God – trusting that He knows best, that He loves me and that He can see my future. Even though I don’t understand, God still is in charge and cares for me. It is enough. My hope for you is that you will also trust Him as you lead others, as you study God’s word and dream the dream that God has for you.
It is not easy to trust God because He is invisible and you can’t go over to His house or get coffee with Him but it is so worth it. Your ability to trust Him as a leader and a follower of Christ will touch and impact the people around you more than you know. David, Joseph and Jesus are still impacting people today because they trusted God. They passed the test. My hope is that you and I will be equally faithful and trusting.