Often times, having faith in God means that we learn to wait and trust in God. He always has a plan and it’s always a good plan. It’s always beyond what we could ask or imagine. If we wait on the Lord, it’s actually fun to watch His amazing plan unfold.
Denver and I have watched as each step of the plan for the details of the three months we will spend in Africa, began to come together. Then suddenly, details that we thought were all set changed. In October we were able to purchase tickets to get from New York to Uganda and then also tickets to get from Nigeria back to New York. The plan was to fly from Uganda to Rwanda for two weeks and then fly from Rwanda to Nigeria for two weeks. We recently learned that our time in Nigeria needed to be cancelled for now. This means we have tickets to fly home from Nigeria but right now, we have no idea why we are going to Nigeria other than to catch a plane home. I am sure God knows, but as of yet, we do not know. For now we wait and see what God has planned although this is challenging because we need a visa to get into Nigeria and in order to get a visa we need a letter of invitation stating why we are there. I could mail them a bible and explain that it is my invitation: go into all the world. Do you think they would give me a visa for that? They should because there is no greater invitation.
For me the most difficult part of waiting is to know when to move. During our daily devotions, Denver and I read the second chapter of Mark. Jesus went to Capernaum and when the people heard that he was coming, they gathering in huge numbers. There were so many people that even outside the door there was no room. Some men were carrying a paralyzed man and they knew they needed to get this man to Jesus. They knew that if they did, Jesus would heal him. You know the story: they dug a hole in the roof and let him down through the roof. As I read this passage, I thought of the woman with the issue of blood and how she believed if she could just touch Jesus hem, that she would be healed and she pushed her way through the crowd.
We must often wait on God but sometimes when there are obstacles in the way of our miracle, we have to push through. When the men got to where Jesus was teaching, they could have seen the large crowd and they could have said, I guess it isn’t God’s will for this man to walk. They could have said, let’s just wait out here and see if Jesus comes by; if it is God’s plan then he will. They knew Jesus could heal this man if they could just get to him and they didn’t let anything stand in the way.
So how do we know when to wait and when to push our way through?
What is God saying to us (you)?
Whatever is before us, the answer really comes down to what is God saying? Right now for these two weeks of unknown, I hear God say wait, so we will wait and I’m excited to see what He has planned? But if God says go to Nigeria, then even though I do not see the way. Even though I do not know how they will possibly give us a visa, then I will begin to push.
Wait on the Lord
Listen for His voiceAnd then push through to whatever He is calling you to do