The other day the preacher talked about sitting in the waiting room of life. Here are my notes.
"There is something about waiting that makes us loose touch with perspective and reality. It's not just waiting rooms in life but it is also the waiting rooms of life. We spend more time in the in between than actually doing what we are called to do. God is trying to teach us and instruct us while we are waiting. He is still preparing us for His plan. We are not ready. We need to wait and change. Isaiah 54:1-3
Prepare joyfully- Looking at that verse him telling them to sing is big. In the culture of that time if you were Barron you were an outcast. You had no purpose for your life. He told them to sing. Be joyful. Kind of hard to be joyful and sing when you are an outcast. Preparation is not optional but our attitude is. You must prepare to do anything, but you can choose to have a praise party not a pity party. We have a God who can deliver us and set us free. In your season of waiting. Do not let the devil steal your joy. Don't let the circumstance dictate your song of life. Let God shape your song of life. Keep your joy. Look at Paul in prison. He sang!
Labor expectantly- Plan like you know God is going to fulfill the plan you are in waiting for. Look at the verse. He tells them to make room with their tents. Make lots of room, not just a little room. Build room for the promise that is to come. Build for the future. Build for the future past the waiting room. Do you build for the future even though you might not feel like it?
Dream big, think big - Back to the verse. They will go out to their desolate cities and more nations than they could think. They were actually in exile when this verse was written. Believe in a God who can do more than you can ever ask or imagine. He can handle everything. Believe in him. So often in the waiting room we can loose faith and thing our God can't, but He can! Don't let the waiting room kill your expectations for God. He can do anything.
We can all say we have been through some waiting rooms but look how much better we come out. In the waiting room make a decision to prepare joyfully, labor expectantly, and dream big. "
As Josh and I are currently sitting in the "Waiting Room" those words really helped. I hope anyone else in the "Waiting Room" will be encouraged. What are some stories about you in the "Waiting Room?" Or what are some stories about you out of the "Waiting Room."