25 Apr God Is in the Moments of Waiting Too
WRITTEN BY: Cresean Hughes
As a child, there was not much that I enjoyed more than spending time around my great aunts and uncles. Listening to their stories and conversations, often shared using very colorful language, always made me so happy. Just by being in the room, it felt like I had been allowed into this extremely exclusive club. However, one thing that always happened when they got together that I could not participate in was playing in our legendary family spades games. If being in the room was general admission, being allowed to play cards with them was the VIP section. And no matter how many times I asked or bargained or pleaded, the answer was always an unequivocal, “No!” When I became a teenager though, their “no’s” morphed into “not until you’re eighteen.” So, I waited. And eventually, my eighteenth birthday arrived, and staying true to their word, they finally let me have a seat at the table. It was, and remains, quite literally one of the happiest moments of my life.
As a church, throughout the month of April, we have been celebrating what will be remembered as some of the happiest moments in many Journeyers’ lives. We celebrated the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and the salvation that we enjoy because of him. We celebrated as people raised their hands and put their faith in the God of the universe. We celebrated the hundreds of people who publicly declared that their faith is in Jesus by being baptized. Without question, it has been a month full of moments that matter.
Nevertheless, even as we celebrated such unforgettable moments, I found myself thinking about the time in between the moments that matter. I found myself thinking about the time spent waiting for the moments to materialize. Because, if we are honest, it is often the waiting that is the most difficult. It’s the waiting – between sickness and healing, between brokenness and restoration, between addiction and sobriety, between dreams and reality, between injustice and justice, between slavery and the Promised Land, between the cross and the empty tomb. Fortunately, scripture reminds us that God is just as present in the waiting moments as he is in the moments that matter.
In Isaiah 40:31 (NLT), the Bible says it this way:
“But those who trust in [or wait on] the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”
It’s in the midst of our waiting – when we feel at our weakest, lowest, and most tired – that God grants us renewed strength. Even when the outcome isn’t clear and when those moments that matter feel far away, he will lift us out of our low place and give us the endurance to continue. So, whatever moment you’re waiting on today, remember that God is right there with you as you wait. When there is uncertainty in your waiting, God is certain. When there is fear in your waiting, God is fearless. When there is sorrow in your waiting, God is joy. When there is anxiety in your waiting, God is peace. When there is grief in your waiting, God is comfort. When there is darkness in your waiting, God is light. When there is confusion in your waiting, God is clarity. And when there are questions in your waiting, God is the answer.
As I look back on the time I spent waiting to sit at that card table with my family, I am reminded of all the small moments during the waiting. Even before that moment when I played that first hand, I laughed at so many hilarious stories. I learned about family members I had never met through their reminiscence. I experienced lasting memories with loved ones who have since passed on. All these years later, I realize that even those small moments of waiting were just as meaningful as the moment when I sat at the table for the first time. Similarly, because God is there with us in our waiting, the small, seemingly insignificant moments can be just as powerful as the big moments.
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Cresean has a passion for sharing through the written word. He currently serves on several teams at The Journey, including the Production, Communications, and Research teams. Cresean and his wife, Jade, have been attending and serving at The Journey since 2018.
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Jessica GarciaPosted at 16:15h, 25 April
I LOVE this, came at just the right time, as Jesus always does ❤️ Thank you for sharing 🤗
Laura CristPosted at 18:24h, 25 April
Thank you for this message- you will never know how much I needed to hear this at this exact moment
Kim LeighPosted at 23:24h, 25 April
This was so great. I loved that reminder that God is there for us in our waiting. Thank you Cresean!
Wendy MatthewsPosted at 06:46h, 26 April
I loved reading this message. We sure do all have times of waiting and learning to have peace and thankfulness in the waiting is a blessing. Thank you for sharing.
Wendy NorrisPosted at 12:32h, 27 April
Love this!!!!. Sometimes it feels like we are waiting forever! So starting to realize these moments matter just as much as the end result is very enlightening! Thank you for this!
Alfred Robert CeaserPosted at 16:18h, 28 April
Cresent, my biggest moments are sometimes when I’m not expecting anything from God, any then he gives me something so perfect, I know it’s him. I appreciate our times together as much as I appreciate your gifts. Be blessed my brother! Alfred