While I’m Waiting

“I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear And will trust in the Lord.” (Psalm 40:1–3, NASB95)

Ever had to wait? When you were in the midst of it what did you feel like? Comfortable? Afraid? Crazy? Did you just want to stop waiting and get on with it?

If the last is the way you felt – what did you just want to get on with?

In 1999 ( it is December 16, 2011 today) I felt certain that I knew what I was supposed to do. I wrote it all down in a 40 page “vision” memorandum. I worked to prepare a budget. I began to look for a location.

Now I need to tell you that the budget for what I just knew I was supposed to do was way, I mean, way beyond anything I knew how to put together. I mean way, way! And every location I looked at was not in the town I lived in at the time.

I started to think I had to move. Now my wife, Vicky, was not like Abram’s, Sari. Vicky liked where we lived and was not even thinking about moving. One day I felt God was impressing me not to talk with her about moving anymore. I felt that she would mention it to me when the time to move had come. I just knew the time was coming and had to keep quiet about it.

How do you keep quiet about something once you are convinced it is right and wait for the time and circumstances to produce the result that God wants to produce in your life? This is a question we must answer for ourselves because waiting is the fiery furnace that burns away the desires of the flesh, replacing the flesh with a heart that brings Glory to God!

We will be waiting a lot in life – that is if we are waiting on the Lord. Just what can we do and at the same time keep ourselves from messing it up. I am in the midst of another season of waiting on Him right now and here is something (perhaps trivial I know) that gives me some comfort.

In the movie “Fireproof” there is a song called, by coincidence “While I’m Waiting.” Here is a link to a YouTube Video of the song. YouTube, “While I’m Waiting,” John Waller

Here are some things the lyrics suggest we can do while we are waiting.

Wait patiently and be hopeful. (See Psalm 40)

Be prepared to experience pain. Stay hopeful. Stay patient.

Be bold and confident. Move ahead one step after another in the things you believe will honor God. As best you are able – BE OBEDIENT.

Serve God while you are waiting. Serve in you Church. Help your neighbor. Make a new friend and tell them about what Jesus has done for you – but make the new friend first.

Worship God while you are waiting. Make your every act an act of bringing honor and glory to God. Worship with abandon in your worship services. Worship God in your home, workplace and around town, by loving others and thinking of them more highly than you do of yourself.

Don’t faint, let God give you strength, read His Word, and seek Him in Prayer.

Be a peace maker and be full of the Peace of Christ. Let Him fill you up with His Peace and Love.

Continue to run the race. Just simply continue.

God will deliver you through your time of waiting. And He will put a song of praise in your heart and His song will pour forth from your mouth.

To God Be The Glory

Yours in Him

Robert Curtis, The Ichthysgeneration.

(below are the lyrics from “While I’m Waiting”, John Waller)

I’m waiting

I’m waiting on You, Lord

And I am hopeful

I’m waiting on You, Lord

Though it is painful

But patiently, I will wait

I will move ahead, bold and confident

Taking every step in obedience

While I’m waiting

I will serve You

While I’m waiting

I will worship

While I’m waiting

I will not faint

I’ll be running the race

Even while I wait

I’m waiting

I’m waiting on You, Lord

And I am peaceful

I’m waiting on You, Lord

Though it’s not easy

But faithfully, I will wait

Yes, I will wait

I will serve You while I’m waiting

I will worship while I’m waiting

I will serve You while I’m waiting

I will worship while I’m waiting

I will serve you while I’m waiting

I will worship while I’m waiting on You, Lord

More lyrics: http://www.lyricsmania.com/while_im_waiting_lyrics_john_waller.html

All about John Waller: http://www.musictory.com/music/John+Waller

About ichthysgeneration

I am part of the generation of those who have sold out "their" lives to Jesus Christ. He is alive and wants us to live as He lives, doing the things Our Heavenly Father, Creator of the Universe and Man, asks us to do. On this journey I am a husband to Vicky, and a father to Carter Samuel Curtis. Our family lives an exciting life telling others about how Jesus has changed our focus and given us freedom and great joy. Vicky and I are on staff at a large church and right now Carter is a 2nd grader. We like to ride bikes, take walks, play at the beach, mess with computers, have long talks, study wildlife, read and listen to all kinds of music. Carter enjoys making up songs and drawing masterpieces. Carter and I are fascinated with the "wild west" and get to "play" Texas Rancher a couple of times a year. Vicky is the perfect wife and does a very convincing act of liking it as she encourages our antics. I have a passion for listening to the living Jesus as he relates the riches of His (and our) Father's wisdom and love to all humanity. By His being born among us, His death on the cross and His resurrection into new life, which we may share with Him, He has provided all we need for an incredible journey. I hope you are excited about joining with us and making yourself known as part of "The Icthuse Generation" on the great road!
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