by Stephanie Olson, Set Me Free Ministries Co-founder
I am always amazed at how God works and moves in our lives. He has given us purpose and a plan, yet He never gives us the big picture. He only illuminates the next step that He wants us to take. God seems to move extremely slowly at times, yet His timing is always perfect.
I would be lying if I told you that I am always content where God has me at all times. I would be lying if I told you that I am always thrilled with His timing on things in my life. I’m not. I struggle with the fact that I would often like to move at a rabbit’s pace, and God … well … He can sometimes move at a snail’s pace.
But what I’ve learned the long and hard way is that God knows what He’s doing. He’s God, after all, and as He says in Isaiah, “'For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.’” (Is. 55:8-9)
I was called into the ministry when I was around 13 years old. I began to walk in my calling when I was 40. Not exactly the timing I was looking for–27 years! I’m in good company, however. Abraham waited 25 years, David waited more than 10 years, and Moses had to wait 40 years. Even Jesus waited 33 years before He stepped into His calling. What’s the waiting for?
God doesn’t make us wait for no reason, He takes that time to break us before He sends us out. He makes us into what He needs us to be in order to be a blessing to others. He knows when we are ready for that next step. He knows. And let me add that if we are in Christ, we are all called to ministry. Not one of us is exempt, so the waiting is for all of us.
So, as I wait for the “next step” in my life, I will do my best to wait patiently on the Lord. I will wait because I know that if I jump too soon, I will mess it up. If I wait for Him to move, it will be divine. I will wait because “those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Is. 40:31)