“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” -John 15:4
I’m not much of a golfer. Requires too much patience. And you have to stay quiet. Two things I struggle with!
Plus, I like sports that have more of a payoff than slightly tapping a ball into a hole. Other sports also take patience but have a more epic prize after the wait. For instance, surfing. Now I’ve only been body surfing, so I’m like a minor leaguer here. But I’ve seen Surfs Up a few times, so I feel pretty educated in the sport. I was talking to a friend the other day about surfing, and she pointed something out to me. She said surfing is 80% work, 20% fun. Most of the time involves swimming against the current, getting positioned, and then waiting. And waiting. And waiting. For a good wave to come. When the wave finally does come though, the waiting was all worth it. Even if it only lasts for a short moment.
That’s pretty similar to how walking with Christ is. Most of the time (on a given Wednesday like today), things are pretty steady and quiet. Most days, supernatural events don’t occur in our lives. The mountain-top experiences that shape us and we remember years later…those are few and far between. Most days are quiet. They require us working, positioning ourselves, and waiting for God to come and do something big in our lives. Then when does, it’s all worth it! It reminds us that all the wait was worth it for that perfect wave! It reminds us that remaining in Christ, even during the wait, is the best place for us to be.
The wave comes to those who are waiting in the water. So don’t mind the wait. It’s always worth it when the wave finally comes!
Personal Application: What’s something you’re waiting on from God right now? Perhaps an answered prayer that you’ve been praying for a good while? Or resolution and healing in a particular situation or relationship in your life. For all of us, there’s always something that we’re waiting for God to show up and help us through.
Home Application: With your family, what’s something that you all have been anticipating together for a while but you are still in the waiting period? Today would be a great day to remind your family that God is preparing you in the waiting period until he shows up in a big way!
What’s something you’re waiting on from God right now?
Devotional written by Stephen