Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 3:12-14
He spent a lot of time waiting…in prisons. Still waiting nonetheless.
But what I love about Paul is that he kept moving forward. If he couldn’t move forward physically, he moved forward mentally.
Christine Caine tweeted this last week sometime: “There are often many years between being anointed for something and then being actually appointed by God to do that thing #noshortcuts”
I’ll bet that if you asked her what to do in the waiting time between anointing and appointing, she’d say just keep pressing on. Keep working toward that goal. Everything will be preparation.
Nothing is wasted.
I think of the days like my Saturday this past weekend. I spent the better part of it sitting in my chair and reading a book. I feel like that could have been a complete waste of time. But my body feels rested. My mind feels rested. My day was totally not wasted.
It’s during the waiting season that it’s easy to just coast and not grow. But I don’t think that’s the point. I think the waiting season is going to be one of the hardest points in our lives. We know we’re called for more, but it’s just not happening. It feels like there’s not point and we might as well give up on what we’re searching for or striving for.
But there is more.
And Paul didn’t have it all together. He thought he did in his previous life, but then God blinded him on the road and laid him up for days. He waited. And it was a relatively short wait, but I’d guess if I were lying in bed after hearing the voice of God and being struck blind, that those minutes would pass by very slowly. But it was during the waiting that God changed him. He anointed him. Paul waited. Then God appointed him.
He was forever changed by the waiting.
And he continued to press on through the trials of his ministry from that point on. It wasn’t an easy road, but it was necessary.
So if you’re like me and you’re sitting, waiting for things to start happening; you feel like there’s more, but have no idea when that moment is going to get here, just keep pressing on, my friends. I know it’s hard. But hopefully we’ll be able to look back and see that we used the preparation time that God had given us wisely and we wasted nothing.
Because I know He didn’t waste anything.
Press on, my friends.