In the past year, yet most recently, my waiting patiently characteristic has been put through a work out. The waiting game is like a game of chess. I know nothing about chess. Yet, what I have observed is you sit patiently waiting for the opponent to make their move. To me, it’s boring. Way too much sitting still, waiting, and being patient.
I’ve concluded that waiting and being patient are one in the same. They are traits I’ve asked God to work on in me. Any of you who have asked for character improvement from God, know His sense of humor usually comes along with His answer. Character building may be a better word to use. I don’t know what words describe it best? I do know that it’s one of those OUCH type of feelings I get when I realize He’s answering my well-worn prayer to “help fix my flaws”.
Recently, the waiting game practice has been focused on my writing of my second book, currently titled “Hide and Seek: How I Found God in My Life”. It has been in the works for close to six years, well maybe seven. I need to quit counting because it does not help my waiting patiently.
I figured when God gave me the ambition to write this book we’d get the job done! In Sue’s timing. Okay, for those who know me well, you are LOL (Laughing Out Loud). It’s okay because I have too. This is where God’s humor comes in to play. The waiting game and me waiting patiently have been put to the test with the writing of this book.
Here’s a short version of how it’s played out in the past six months. And, just so you know, I thought I would have had a printed book by March 2017. Stop LOL! Okay, again, I’m LOL too! I diligently worked on the final manuscript and sent it to the publisher for editing. The editing turnaround time was faster than I expected. I waited well during this time. After receiving the edit suggestions, I quickly, in a matter of a few eight hour days, made all the changes. I was ready to send in the final version to get the ball rolling on the design phase. NOT! God made a strategic move in the process. A major revamp was needed based on a few stories He recommended I cut. After a few weeks of arguing, rationalizing, and impatiently waiting, I gave in to God’s way.
About two months ago, I yielded to the direction God is having with this book. After close to two weeks of not working on the manuscript He began to reveal a clearer approach. The revamping has begun with the realization it will be completely in God’s timing. I have NO idea when it will be completed. No dates are in the horizon. I’m simply trying to improve my waiting patiently.
It has been confirmed again today that waiting and timing are the key components. A scripture reference about timing, waiting, and knowing when it’s time was given to me. I’ll share it with you, knowing it may not mean as much to you as it does to me. Yet, it is another acknowledgement of God’s timing in this game of life and NOT mine.
It comes from Genesis chapter 8 in the telling of the story of Noah. It is during the waiting time of the rain to stop and Noah waiting to send the dove to see if there is dry ground. They have been in the ark for a year and are waiting to get out. I’ll pick up the story at verse 10-12, 15-16 with my bolding on the words that jumped out at me.
Genesis 8:10-12, 15-16 NIV
10 He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. 11 When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth. 12 He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him.
15 Then God said to Noah, 16 “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives.
I must believe God will clearly tell me when the timing is right. During the waiting time, I am to keep working on my patience. Just like any imperfection I’ve asked God to help me improve, it doesn’t seem to go the way I perceived.
This is a time of being reminded that God is in the driver’s seat. I need not to be a back-seat driver but to wait patiently and enjoy the journey.