Timing: When to wait, when to act?

I wish I could tell you I have the answer to the question posed by this post’s title.

   Truth is, I have no idea what is right or when it’s right.

I’m writing, because I wish I knew.

      The past few days, I’ve been thinking about:
          – Moses striking the rock and water pouring forth.
          – The Israelites going to Aaron, tired of waiting for Moses, and
            fashioning golden calves to worship.
          – Peter cutting off the Roman guard’s ear.

Weird and random, I know. And actually, the ear one just came to me now. It fits though.

  You see – I’m at an impasse. I have been, multiple times, here in this “in-between”.

      I wrote what seems like a lifetime ago of a celebration amidst a deep, twisted valley.
   I got a break.
      It was a breaking ray of light, shattering thickened, rolling clouds.
   It was an answer to months of pleaded prayer.
            It lasted for a short season. Four months. (I never updated that fact.) Yet I cannot deny the joy, relief and provision it provided. I am forever grateful for that time.

Before that celebration, I dreamed of the “one day”s that seemed so far in the distance.
   I did find relief from such distress. It was two months later when the four great months of work came.
      But the thing about seasons – they come around again and again.
                         The cyclical motion of everydays.

I again dream of “if one day”…

I reminisce because these are two examples, among many, where timing was pivotal.

    In Exodus 31, the Word reveals Moses interacting with God Himself; at the end of their time together on the mountain, God gave Moses two tablets. These tablets of commandments’ sole purpose was to bring freedom and life to God’s people. God knew exactly what His chosen needed. And He knew when they needed it.
    Except, in the beginning of Exodus 32, the direction shifts back to the valley. To a people who are always restless. Always in fear of the wrong thing. The Israelites had been delivered, redeemed, repaired from a broken life, fed, protected, and promised abundant future. But they got antsy. 
         Moses was up on a mountain. They couldn’t see what was happening. MUCH time had indeed passed. So they decided they knew of a better plan. “Making things happen on their own.” They went to Aaron, Moses’s brother, and asked him to help them build their own idols to depend on. Sadly, Aaron obliged. He too, got antsy. He lost his focus.

I encourage you to read more about that. Also, visit Numbers, chapter 20 to read up on Moses and the water from the rock. As well, Peter’s misguided zeal is recorded in John 18:1-11.

      The reason I’ve been pondering these events lately, is because I do not want my impasse to be cause for me to prematurely act. I want to wait for the LORD, be courageous and wait.

“I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness
of the LORD in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD; be strong and let your heart take courage;
yes, wait for the LORD.”
(Psalm 27:13-14, NASB)
   But I also want to act in His name. I want to trust His ways and step into them. I do not want fear to hold me at bay when my feet are called to walk.
“You will hear a voice behind you saying, 
“This is the way. Follow it, whether it turns to the right or to the left.”
(Isaiah 31:21, GWT)
The bottom line, is to trust.
    This is the end result. 
If I truly trust Him to do His will in my life, then I have to trust that what He wills WILL come to pass. I just have to surrender myself, my obsession with wanting to do everything “just right”, and know that if a door is open, He opened it; if it’s closed, He has closed it. Just put one foot in front of the other and go until there is a “stop”. 
     A good friend reminds me of this often. She encourages with truth and experience. 
  And honestly, when I think back on my history, on my life and the ways God has directed me, I see this step-by-step process again and again. It’s how He works with me most often.     
       When I left school, my roommates, and my city — thinking I was taking a giant God step into the mission field – the once open doors, closed. He taught me patience.
       When I enrolled in school once again, graduated with a new degree, and moved across the country to pursue the degree’s direction – the once open doors changed their course. They stayed open, but the destination looked very different. He taught me faith.
       When I moved back to my home state and I thought the season would have an addition of part time employment – obstacles came and doors closed again. He taught me to rely.

 He never wastes an opportunity to speak into my life. Through my friends. Through my experiences. Through losses and gains. Through His Word. Through His Son.
So I may not have answered my original question: when do I wait and when do I act? Still, I already feel calmer. I feel more equipped. My trust is strengthening here, and when I go to this next place, this next phase, He will strengthen my spirit all the more. 
Because I believe His promise
“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6, NASB)
“Now the God of peace, …[will] equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ,” (Hebrews 13:20a,21, NASB)
So. What do you think?
I was encouraged by my dear friend. 
Let’s continue to encourage one another!

2 Comments on “Timing: When to wait, when to act?”

  1. ” He never wastes an opportunity to speak into my life. Through my friends. Through my experiences. Through losses and gains. Through His Word. Through His Son.”

    I love all the ways you mentioned here. God speaks to us in so many different ways. (Someday I'd love to hear a donkey talk). 🙂 

    During that season of waiting, it sometimes feels like that is when He is the most silent. Deafeningly silent. Such a hard place to be. I'm glad that His peace is comforting you right now as you wait. He is definitely building something inside you.


  2. Denise, you have warmed my heart with your sweet, insightful words. Thank you very much! (And I'm with you, wouldn't it be something to hear a burning bush just once? Or a songbird? What a thought!)

    I'm honored you stopped by today.


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