WHEN is Kate‘s word for today and one of the words with which I struggle most in my Christian walk.
“When” is all about the timing of things happening. As Christians, we are called to trust in God’s timing and to wait for Him.
Honestly, this is one of my biggest fails.
The years of my late husband’s illness contributed to me becoming a major control freak. So much to stay on top of between raising kids, taking care of him with coordinating care and meds and always having to have everything caught up and maybe even a little ahead because we never knew when there’d be EMS at our house or an emergency hospitalization.
I did some searching on Bible Gateway today about the word when and about the word wait. They are intertwined in my mind. Interestingly, there were 0 results for “when,” as it is too broad. I found that “wait” has 142 results in the NASB version. I read through them all.
My husband is always encouraging me to wait on the Lord’s timing, reminding me that His “when” is perfect and my jumping the gun, the knee-jerk reactions I have a lot of times, only lead to more troubles.
This particular verse resonated with me this morning:
Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Acts 1:4-5 (NASB)
Jesus had risen and had appeared to the apostles. They were probably all set to go out and accomplish their mission to be fishers of men. Can you imagine their excitement?
Yet, here the crucified and risen Lord is telling them to wait! And He doesn’t even say for how long. Just “not many days from now.”
And they did wait. When the Holy Spirit filled them, they did great and mighty things in the name of Jesus.
I am trying to be more patient about waiting for the “when” of various circumstances in my life. Recently the Lord took my husband and me through a big time of “when,” and we listened and obeyed but it wasn’t easy. After the “when” had been accomplished, we really saw the toll that the waiting had taken on us.
Our trust in the Lord grew through that time. We had to trust in His provision during that time. We prayed believing that the “when” would come and that any hardships we suffered through the waiting were for good (Romans 8:28). Had we tried to manipulate circumstances to engineer the timing we wanted, who knows how things might have turned out?
What is the “when” for which you are waiting? Are you doing it with grace and patience or are you chafing at the “be still and wait,” in this area of your life?