The words tumbling through my head these days are, “hurry up and wait.”
Have you ever felt like a horse at the starting gate, full of nervous energy and anticipation, restlessly fidgeting about, aching for the chute to open so you can bolt through the doors and run the course you’ve longed for? That’s how I feel. Probably most of my life I’ve felt that way.
In an instant society where comparison and competition are everywhere and on display all the time, we often believe that “any time” is the right time. We are impatient and anxious. We get FOMO. We’re afraid we’ll miss our shot, or that someone else will get what we hope for.
According to Clifton’s Strengths Finder, “Belief” is one of my top strengths. It means that when I believe in a person, a cause, or an organization, I’m all in. Laser focused. Fully devoted, heart and soul. It makes me a great asset, except when it doesn’t.
I can be impulsive, rush ahead, and push too hard. Ready. Fire. Aim! I can get frustrated and angry with God, people, and processes when they don’t move as quickly as I’d like, and if I’m not careful, I harm myself and others in the process. I don’t want to be that guy, but it’s what I become when I give in to FOMO.
James 5:7-8 tells us in The Message:
“Meanwhile, friends, wait patiently for the Master’s Arrival. You see farmers do this all the time, waiting for their valuable crops to mature, patiently letting the rain do its slow but sure work. Be patient like that. Stay steady and strong. The Master could arrive at any time.”
I understand that James was speaking about patience in the middle of suffering, but it still applies here. Waiting for God’s timing on something hoped for (His arrival) does have suffering in it: dreams deferred, hopes on hold, and promised lands postponed bring pain. There is a dying that happens in the waiting, a refining, a forming. And, if we open our hands to Him, He becomes more important than what He can give us. We get Him, instead of the white knuckling to what we want, when we want it, in the way we want it, or just giving up altogether.
James is tapping into the law of the farm. You can’t rush things, but you do need to prepare and then trust the process. Plow and plant, then trust God’s timing for the rains, the growth, and ultimately the harvest. Even when you thought you were planting corn and it turns out He was growing sunflowers.
It’s what Jesus modeled for us every time someone tried to pressure Him to take what was already rightfully His, but at the wrong time and in the wrong way. (See John 6-7, Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-13). He was dialed into His Father’s voice and timing, trusting that God would bring about the best outcomes, in the best way, at the right time for all creation, and for Jesus’ joy even in the midst of the suffering.
For the past 13 years, I’ve been preparing to become a Chaplain in the U.S. Air Force. I’ve run up against wall after wall with my health, with paperwork, with all the things. It’s been so frustrating and painful at times. I’ve often cried my eyes out and thought about giving up and walking away. I’ve wanted to care for warriors. It’s a good goal! I’ve felt called to it. Still, God has held me back from it and I couldn’t figure out why.
While going through instructor training with Platoon 20, becoming one of over 1200 fitness teacher gospel preachers, many in their own seasons of waiting, God has shown me He wants me to care for spiritual warriors, not specifically those in our military.
Through all the obstacles I’ve overcome, the education, the training and experiences I have as a pastor, and chaplain, the work I’ve done on myself and God has done in me, nothing is wasted. It has prepared me for such a time as this. I still don’t know exactly what it all looks like, but I’m so excited for what He’s doing, in His timing. I’m trusting Him because He’s so, so good!
I want to encourage you to take the leap to trust God and His timing. It’s a leap I have to take, every minute of every day. It’s a violent stand against the Kingdom of darkness, the pressures of FOMO and our culture of comparison and instant gratification. It’s a ruthless trust in our God’s goodness and love for us. Surely His love and mercy, His peace and kindness will follow us all the days of our lives.
Wes Scheu is a pastor in Denver, CO. He and his wife, Erin, are Revelation Wellness Fitness Instructors. Along with their three kiddos they love to worship Jesus, camp, hike, read, and eat really good food with good friends.
ALISA’S LIVESTREAM YOGA WITH WEIGHTS – “YOUR GIFTS” (43:14)
Join Alisa as we livestream from Revelation Wellness® Headquarters for a fun Yoga with weights class. Add a little resistance to your yoga practice and gain strength while becoming more open in your heart and body. (ALL LEVELS) (ROMANS 11:29;YOGA MAT & HAND WEIGHTS)