by Kathi Pelton
There is a popular Christian song called, “Take Courage” that has a line in it that says, “He’s in the waiting” There are many of you that have been in the middle of a transition and it seems to be lingering longer than is comfortable for the human soul. It feels a bit like “living in limbo.”
This song goes on to say,
And You who hold the stars
Who call them each by name
Will surely keep Your promise to me
That I will rise in Your victory
And hold onto your hope
As your triumph unfolds
He’s never failing
He’s never failing
So take courage my heart
Stay steadfast my soul
He’s in the waiting
Yesterday I heard Him say,
“Great authority is being gained as you trust Me ‘in the waiting.’”
Many of you are holding onto His promise; hoping in Him in absolute trust even though you do not see the way and do not understand the why. But know this; your stillness is building an authority, a trustworthiness and a surrender that will make the fulfillment so much sweeter.
Our souls are learning stillness and rest in the unknown. There is a great discipline in stillness because our human nature wants to make something happen or to rush ahead. We are entering days where it will be so important to know when to be still and to when to know that He has spoken to “Go.”
This summer I was a part of a national gathering where for an hour straight over a thousand people stood in silence. It was a holy time but it was hard to “wait.” We couldn’t see what God was doing and our souls were restless to do something or make something happen. But He made it clear that we were making room for Him to move. There are times when God asks us to stop and wait in silent trust because we are making room for Him. We surrender control and our activity for the sake of heaven coming to earth.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
Be still…He’s in the waiting! Though He is not still, we are still. The Hebrew definition of “stillness” is to stop striving, to let go, and to surrender.
Another definition is to “hush” or quiet yourself (such as when Jesus spoke to the storm, “Peace, be still.” When my children were young we were living in Canada but all of our extended family lived in California. Twice a year we would take the twenty hour drive home to be with family. During those drives often our kids would begin to whine and say, “Aren’t we there yet?” They would become restless in the waiting and I would have to resort to giving them what we called “A silent time out.” This meant that they had to spend fifteen minutes in silence. By the end of it the wrestle with their restless souls were brought into stillness once again.
It is tempting to begin whining to God and say, “Aren’t we there yet?” But be still! You’ll know when it’s time. You can choose to rest and cease striving or arrive at the destination worn out from not surrendering control.
Be assured that He is able to get you where you need to be in the time that you need to be there. Stay in His timing and know that “He’s in the waiting.”
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