Waiting, Right Now
“Tomorrow way too far away
And we can’t get back yesterday
But we young right now
We got right now
So get up right now
Cause all we got is Right Now”
– Right Now, Rihanna feat. David Guetta
Earlier today, I was driving in my automobile, and this song popped up on my phone. Don’t ask me why it’s on there, it just is. When it popped up, I almost switched it off because, TBH it’s not my fav, but I kept listening then had this sort of epiphany from the Lord. Kind of along the lines of that scripture that’s like yo, tomorrow’s troubles are gonna worry about themselves, so get over it.
Matthew 6:34 (ESV)
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Look at Rihanna bringing scriptural revelation. Haha. But really. I’ve had a lot of random stuff going on in my life, to make it anything other than concrete which normally would stress me out to the max, but this time its not. I have an overwhelming peace about the unknown and unforeseen. Its like when you’re on a camping trip and everybody finds this cave they want to hike to and climb around in.
One end of the spectrum you’re like “Omg, that’s terrifying, what if there are bears? It’s gonna be dark in there, what if someone falls down and breaks their arm then we get blocked in by a boulder and were stranded for days so we have to decide who to eat first, then the bear who was in there wakes up from hibernation cause everyone was fighting about who to eat, then the bear just eats everybody and we’re all screwed!” or there’s the other end of the spectrum, that’s like, “Omg, this is going to be so cool. What an adventure. So-n-so is going and we’re going to build such a solid relationship, then we’re going to fall in love when I/she trips on a rock and I/he catches me/her. Then we’ll go back there next year to that exact spot for the proposal and the mama bear will be gone and only the bear cubs will be home so we’ll have the most trendy engagement photos on social media, then we’ll get famous and go on Ellen, then start our own bear cub rangeling company for photo shoots and its going to be so cool!
It is a huge rarity for me that I am on the positive side of this spectrum; I’m so excited for what God is going to do with my unknown. Recently I’ve been reading about Gods timing and transitions and blooming where you’re planted, which is totally Jesus because I’ve been struggling with staying in Dallas.
A very wise woman that I know, Jess Youngblood, who happens to be a pastor at my church said something the other day at a connect group I go to, she said, “Our call doesn’t have a dead line.” That hit me in the gut, because so often I worry myself into a tizzy thinking about what I can do to get to my call or promise, or whatever, but that’s not ever how it works in the bible. Usually God makes you wait a hot minute till the good stuff comes. It’s like going to a Marvel movie, in theaters, and you have to hang around after the credits to get the sneak peek.
We get so focused on the future that we forget about where we’re at, RIGHT NOW.
Ephesians 1:9 (ESV)
“Making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ.”
Jeremiah 29: 7, 10-14
“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”
“For thus says the Lord: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.”
I love that both of these verses talk about waiting then they also talk about the promise. I think that so often, we, me included, get so focused on the promise that we completely look over the fact that in the waiting is when Jesus begins to build the character we’ll need to conquer and complete the call he’s placed on us.
“The gift (call) that is on you will destroy you unless the character that is in you can sustain you.” – Christine Cain
I struggle with this on the daily, because I very much look forward to what God has planned for my life, but in thinking about it, I don’t want to miss out on what he has for me right now. I don’t want to miss out on the lives that will impact me, the people I’ll meet, the relationships I’ll build, the stuff I’ll learn, and the character that’s being developed in me just because I have to spend a little extra time being uncomfortable.
“We’re not about our comfort, we’re about our Christ.” – Earl McClellan
Waiting is uncomfortable, but in the end the character that Christ is building in us that will help in our call to bring people to Him is the most important thing.
So, dang, that was a little longer than I had expected, but I feel like I haven’t sat down to write in about 47 years, which is weird cause I’m only 23, but whatever. I’m happy it was long, written processing. Love it! I hope you all have an amazing and safe weekend. You are phenomenal! I love you!