Ever feel like you are just going around in circles simply trying to get from one moment to the next? We’ve all been there at some tyme or another. Reminds me of how a plane sometymes has to circle the airport right? They are stuck in a holding pattern until one of two things happens; the plane gets told to land by the tower or it runs out of fuel and lands the hard way. In your life, it isn’t much different. The holding pattern is ok as a temporary measure to gather your bearings and figure out the next step but not meant to be a permanent solution.
There will be tymes in our lives as Christians that we will have to learn to trust God in the small things as well as the big things. God will allow a painful situation or a painful circumstance in our life to “swallow us up.” This season in our spiritual growth is a holding pattern. We can’t move to the left or the right. All we can do is sit. We’re all in a waiting room of some sort – between where we’re at and where we’re headed. This is so God can have our undivided attention and speak to us. And It’s how you respond in those waiting rooms that determine where you’ll go. Today blog is based on Habakkuk 2:1-3 and 2 Peter 3:8-9 to display how God is everlasting and perpetually in control, even as we go through seasons of waiting.
I begin this blog by acknowledging the tension that exists between the two prevailing approaches to waiting on God. It seems that we are faced with the decision to either, “Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10),” or to “Go get your own goat (Luke 15:28-32).” While many of our waiting rooms are a result of our failure to activate what God has already given us, there are still tymes where we truly are waiting for God to make something right in our lives. Using these Scriptures as a foundation, Here are three frames of reference to show us what God is doing while we are waiting on Him.
God’s transportation system operates through hubs and spokes. The airline industry is set up using a “Hub and Spoke” model. That is, if you are traveling somewhere that does not offer a direct flight, you will need to fly to a “hub” airport and use a connecting flight to finally get to your destination. You may have experienced something similar in your own life. God will often take you somewhere that feels like it’s opposite to where you are going. “Often tymes you have to go through (the process) to get to (the place) because there’s something God wants to do in you first.”
God doesn’t put you in a holding pattern to punish you, but to protect you. When you’re stuck in the process between the potential and the perfection, you can find yourself caught in another level of frustration. Habakkuk 2 says that God will certainly not delay. Yet sometymes, you can find yourself in God’s holding patterns, where the destination is in sight, but God is taking you the long way around instead of landing you when you would like. As Peter wrote in 2 Peter 3 NIV, God is never slow to respond to us. Although it may seem like it, He is never putting us in a holding pattern to punish us, but rather to protect us. God’s delays are not denials. Continuing with the flight analogy, God cannot land you at your destinations until He determines you are ready. He has the vantage point to determine whether or not the conditions are clear enough to land. God challenged us to believe that it’s better to be late for the destination He has for us than to not arrive at all, or to not be ready when we get there. God is simply making sure that we are prepared to maximize what He has prepared for us at our destination!
Trusting in God means crossing over the supernatural date line. When you find yourself doing all that you can do, praying all that you can pray, but you are still waiting on God, it’s easy to ask, “O Lord, are you not from everlasting (Habakkuk 1:12)?” In fact, God is everlasting. He exists outside of our understanding of tyme. 2 Peter 3:8 even says that a single day for us is likened to one thousand years for God and one thousand years for us is likened to a single day for God. My dream is to take my family on a trip to Australia, and while researching the co$t, different excursions to do while we’re there, hotels amenities and mostly the travel tyme.
I rediscovered that we would cross over the “International Date Line.” Since Australia is 14 hours ahead of our tyme zone. It means and this I find amazing is that if we this Friday at 6am it would mean we would get in Australia tomorrow, but it would only be 8pm here in Phila. What is the connection my brother you ask? Well I’m glad you asked! Since God exists in eternity, our prayers cause us to cross over a “supernatural date line.” We often worry because we simply do not see how God is going to bring about what we believe He has prepared for us. However, Romans 4:17 states that God “gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they are.” You may have questions about how God is going to orchestrate your circumstances to fulfill His promises for your tomorrow. But through His word and the power of His Spirit, He will carry you trough to tomorrow!
What can the Lord tell you about tomorrow? What are your greatest questions as you wait for tomorrow? Using His word and the power of His Spirit, what confidence is God calling you to walk in today? When we’re deep down in the midst of a difficult situation, God can talk to us. When He has our undivided attention, He can show us things about ourselves that we might not otherwise have seen.
A Few of God’s Holding Patterns:
1. When you are sick in your physical body and you have prayed but God has not healed you yet, you are in a holding pattern.
2. When you are having problems with your children and you have put them on the altar, but God has not delivered them yet, you are in a holding pattern.
3. When you have been praying for the salvation of a loved one and they have not been saved yet, you are in a holding pattern.
4. When you are in a broken relationship and you have given it over to God, but it has not been restored yet, you are in a holding pattern.
5. When the doors slam shut before you can knock on them, you are in a holding pattern.
When we are deep in the belly of a difficult situation, there are no interruptions. God has our undivided attention. All we can do is sit, think, meditate, and pray. We cannot run from God because there are no mountains that are high enough, valleys low enough, rooms that are dark enough, or places that are hidden enough from Him.
We must remember to praise Him while we’re waiting & remember 3 things:
The pattern has a plan.
The pattern has a process.
When we’re placed in a place where our faith is tested, and the answer to that petition is not immediately forthcoming, we have to be still and know that He is God. Fear not. Trust! He got it. The answer is on the way. So stop struggling and start listening, praying and trusting. He’ll keep you right where you are until you can clearly hear Him say, “I love you.”
“When God is silent, He is not still. Trust Him.” ~ Pastor Tony Evans