Waiting with Patience
It seems like we are always waiting for the revealing of the next thing, whether the newest phone or other hottest gadget, the latest movie, or an author’s next book. We, humans, are an impatient group. Sometimes we get so caught up in the phenomenon of things revealing themselves to us that unless it comes with a startling revelation, we miss what is right in front of us. When we live life in this way, we miss the revealing of special things and the journey as we look impatiently to what is next.
This is often clearly seen in the revelations of nature. When winter is here, we long for the warmer temps and flowers of spring to come. When spring arrives, we can’t wait until summer and all of its fun comes but once here then we are ready for the cool crispness of fall. Nature is always revealing itself to us sometimes magnificently and other times quietly, but we must be watching and willing to wait patiently to see its elegant revealing.
Six-year-old Hannah was visiting her grandmother recently. As they walked out into her grandmother’s garden Hannah became impatient and ran ahead while her grandmother was inspecting the progress of her flowers. Hannah spied beautiful fat buds on her grandmother’s prize rose bushes and attempted to open them up. But as she pulled the petals open, they would tear, bruise, wilt, or completely break apart. Finally, in frustration, she went to her grandmother and said, “I don’t understand this at all. When God opens a flower, it looks so beautiful but when I try, it just falls apart. Grandmother, very patiently replied, “Well, there is a good reason for that dear. God is able to do it because He opens the flower from the inside out.
Revealing from the Inside Out
Perhaps this is the message for Pentecost. The disciples were waiting for the Holy Spirit to come. Christ promised the coming of the Holy Spirit in a few days, but they had to patiently wait for the revealing. The Spirit is the power of a life with Christ. It is a lifelong process of change that makes us more like Him. The disciples came to understand this once the revealing of the Holy Spirit descended upon them. But prior to this, they didn’t really understand what to expect and then the unexpected occurs.
Scripture tells us that first there was a sound like a roaring mighty windstorm. Next followed flames or tongues of fire that descended upon them. Suddenly their fear was replaced with peace and bold confidence that gave them the courage and strength to speak out revealing the Word of God to people of many different backgrounds. It was in this day that about 3,000 people became believers. God made His presence known to all in a spectacular way.
The revealing of God and His power, however, may not always use dramatic methods to work in our life. Sometimes He exhibits Himself loudly and boldly but other times He speaks only in soft whispers. It is because of His many ways of revelation to people that we must wait patiently and always be on guard listening for His presence. God always reveals Himself at the right time and in the ways that are best. Therefore, it is important to remember that He doesn’t work on our timetable or necessarily in the manner that we may expect. But if we will place our trust fully in Him while we stand guard and wait with full expectation, we will see Him fully reveal Himself to us.
The Full Revealing
Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm and it filled the house where they were sitting.Acts 2:2 (NLT)
The full revealing of God in our life requires us to step back from the noise and activity of our busyness and listen humbly and quietly for God’s guidance. He promises it will come but most likely when we least expect it. For the Holy Spirit works from the inside out and requires our patience.
When we trust fully in God and His ways, listening and watching for His direction in all things helps us be bold in our actions and press through our fears. We can pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to give us the courage to move forward as we look for opportunities to share about Christ. His revealing may come in the roaring wind, but it may just be a gentle whisper to get our attention.
So, listen carefully and watch attentively for God’s variety of ways will always fit His plans as you trust fully in Him. Take the challenge to watch and listen for God and then act. Allow your convictions to be sealed in the promises given by Christ that reveal themselves clearly through time. Find your motivation in knowing that those who wait, listen, and then act have the blessing of God with them. Surround yourself in the comfort of knowing that when you share Christ with boldness that God is always with you.
Love in Christ,
Jesus is the very concrete truth revealing and standing in for the universal truth.Richard Rohr
What Are Your Thoughts?
Do you wait patiently watching for the revealing of the Holy Spirit in your life? Have you seen God work through mighty winds and soft whispers? Share your thoughts on the importance of waiting on God to fully reveal Himself before moving forward.