While You’re Waiting for God to Show Up

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He is the One. The light of Christ shines through Him because love is in Him and His heart is full of God’s heart. This is the  knowledge of the holy unity that I long for when I see Jesus.

This is the thought I’ve had several times when I meet someone who reminds me of Jesus. Have you ever seen that? Felt that?

I was with an author this weekend who leaves me feeling that familiar longing to be united with Jesus. She reminded me of all the times I’ve met these special people, and how I learned about Him as a kid and always wondered how I could come to love Him like others did. I longed for it, but I felt distant from Him. I’d write about it, how I just wanted to feel it and believe He was real, but I always felt I was too full of doubt, too cynical maybe, not serious enough about it. My mind would wander and I’d soon get distracted again by life and plans.

Until I’d meet another One. Sometimes a glimmer, other times unmistakable. And I’d feel this welling up, the ease with which my heart could break again. And I’d want to be distracted from it, but also never want to be distracted from it again. Every time, I’d have this hope that I might learn to wait well.

I don’t know how much this had to do with my wanting to become a writer, but I do know this learning to wait well is key for writing and for holding onto the higher purpose.

My guess is, if you’re reading this, you’re like me and you want to write and wait well too. I have to remind myself constantly of what I know:

Be expectant. Be watchful. Be vigilant.

You don’t know the time or hour. So you show up. Do your job. And let the record show you were here for your part. You acted in faith.

That’s what I tell myself: when you embrace your doubts and act in faith, then you can believe He’ll come as He has so often before, to take your keen attention to your ordinary experience and make special confirmations of His unmistakable love.

He did that all this weekend as we talked about the new book, and went to restaurants, and walked on the beach. I remembered how the Bible is full of doubters who still saw God show up. Moses, Abraham, David, Sarah, Ruth, Jonah, Job. Judges 6 is where Gideon puts out the fleece as a test for God. Earlier, an angel has told him he’s going to save Israel from their oppression, but Gideon felt unworthy. He asked for proof there too, and the angel brought fire out of a rock. Gideon built an altar as a reminder. But he still needed the proof that God would be with him.

Don’t we all need continual proof? And doesn’t God know this? Why should we be ashamed of it? He loves to prove himself to us. The lesson I find here and elsewhere throughout the Bible is: Accept your doubts and ask Him for proof. Then be watchful and He’ll show you He is here, with you.

Because no matter what you do, that’s what you’re really after anyway.

“I want to take your word and shine it all around, But first, help me just to live it, Lord!”

If we knew His love for us, we’d have a much easier time living like Jesus. But even Jesus doubted His path and didn’t see it clearly. Look at Him in the garden of Gethsemane. Look how He had to continually get away to pray and reaffirm, remind, reestablish His own heart and mind with what He knew.

Being tempted is not failure. Wavering is not sin. Doubt strengthens faith. Never deny it!

Instead, embrace it, and while you’re waiting for God to show up, be watchful and your hope and faith and love for Him will grow when He finally does.

For writers, creators, storytellers, or anyone, it’s always been true: Doubt is necessary because faith is just doubt in action.

For the higher purpose,

mick

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6 thoughts on “While You’re Waiting for God to Show Up”

  1. oh my! you are refreshingly scandalous. the very idea of asking god to PROVE he’s there! gasp! very “unreligious” my dear mick. i applaud you! you bring him down to earth from out of the stained glass windows right into the room. what relief to have jesus pull up a chair. you know how i am . . . my lord’s humanness is all i’ve got to hold onto. thanks for this post. love it. and YOU :-)

    1. Thank you, my dear friend. I’m returning to this post again today because I needed to hear it and remember to wait patiently. Life can be so distracting. But your encouragement bolsters my faith and keeps me focused on him. I’m going to ask him to prove himself again to me today and I’m going to wait for him to show up. Thank you thank you. I love you too, LPF! – m

  2. Wow! So beautifully said. Such a confirmation, this message IS a sign from God in itself for me. I read that book recently. It’s rare that a book gives a whole new perspective on what is possible. The Broken Way was a HUGE gamechange for me. I have recommended it, given it, and insisted on it to everyone I know. When I got to the end and saw her giving thanks to you for being part of it, I just thought, “We’ll of course you were!” because I had forgotten about that connection. But I just wanted to tell you, and her, that God showed up BIG in my life through that book. Thank you both for persevering in faith until God shows up.

    1. Joanna! I’ve missed you! Praying you’re well and making progress–how’s the farm? And the book? I’m so grateful our paths crossed, and I’m certain Ann would say that her book was a humble way to figure out where God was working in her life. I am learning from her as well, of course, every book we finish together. And I couldn’t be happier about my career choice that keeps me growing and stretching, if I allow myself to pay attention. This blog is where I work out a lot of that, so thank you for showing up and speaking up! So grateful for you. And praying God is showing up for you in your life and writing. – m

  3. Ahh…Keith. There was one. And yes, help me, first, just to live it. Yes.
    Scripture also tells of those who did not wait. Abraham (Hagar), Moses (striking the rock), King Saul (offering sacrifice). And more.
    I spin in circles between going and waiting a lot.
    A lot.
    It is so easy to jump the gun at the starting line. And was it Moses who said, “If you won’t go with me, I won’t go”?

    “Have thy tools ready; God will find thee work.” –Charles Kingsley.

    1. Excellent additions! Impatience is cause for problems for sure. Plenty of evidence in my life of that! Thank you for sharing these thoughts, Katharine! – m

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