When Our Waiting Requires Our Doing

June 12, 2014

I wept a few nights ago because God comes through. I sat with some of my dearest friends and heard about a God who does. When we think there is no way, He moves. It wasn’t my story, but it is my God. So I wept. Because not only does He do what the world thinks unlikely and impossible, but also what I think unlikely and impossible. I dream everyday and yet still He moves beyond.

Yes, He is the God of beyond.

I was reminded that amidst the waiting, there comes breakthrough. Sometimes the breakthrough is by the “suddenly” of God. And sometimes it comes by our choice to move in the waiting before the promise manifests.

See, there are times when our waiting has more to do with our fears than God’s word. We can hide under the encompassing umbrella of “waiting” because we’re scared to death what a promise in motion would actually require of us. As frustrating as waiting is, it can become our safe harbor compared to the faith required to actually move out.

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After another day with no forward traction, we may look up at the sky and scream at the top of our lungs asking God the resounding, “What are You waiting for?”

Our cry comes with such footnoted words as, “If You would only move or open that door, then I could step into the things promised for my life.”

We can’t be sure what kind of answer will be given or how open our ears are to hearing what may come in the whisper of His voice. But sometimes, when the air is right and our ears are tuned in, the wind will carry words back to us like a boomerang. And these words, whose intended flight was set, are interrupted by a mirroring force leading them to our feet again.

“What are you waiting for?” His voice may reply.

Sometimes our waiting requires our doing – before our seeing – in order to move us into our promise.

Moses reminds God’s people, “Cross over to enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, a land…promised you.” [Deut 27:3]

He charges them to move and respond in faith before they receive what was being given. Essentially, get going in your waiting to move into your promise.

This is response by faith before the manifestation of promise.

There are seasons where no matter what we do, we will not be able to move the waiting process along any quicker than its intended unfolding. But there are also seasons where the promise comes by way of us stirring up courage and doing the thing we long to see in our lives before we actually see it with our eyes.

That’s faith. And faith requires our action.

Promises are full of grace, but they are not void of our work. They are gifts, but they are also prizes. If you believe the words over your life to be true – however impossible they may appear to human eyes – then it may be time to cross over to enter that which is promised you.

Maybe what we are waiting for comes by us living today as though we had what we are longing to be given.

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  • Reply Caitlin June 12, 2014 at 10:09 am

    wow this is so good. Exactly what I needed to read today. Encourages me in my recovery to keep taking action.

    • Reply Caroline June 13, 2014 at 9:08 am

      I’m so glad Caitlin! So good hearing from you! 🙂

  • Reply lauren June 12, 2014 at 10:22 am

    so what I needed to hear today. thank you for truth, for spurring on, and for just sharing your revelations. movement in the midst of waiting can shake off the dust, yes yes yes.

  • Reply Amanda Pattison June 12, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Hey Caroline,

    Thanks for sharing. I really needed to be reminded of this. There is a song by John Waller called, “While I’m waiting.” You might enjoy it if you have never heard it before-Its been one of my favorites!

  • Reply Britt baker June 12, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Hey girl,

    really resonating with what you are saying…

    I helped lead at a small teen girls conference the past few days and before, during, and after the Lord kept giving me Joshua 3:8 where He required them to walk in to the water at flood stage (impossible) before He parted it. He kept saying to get my feet wet and He will move in response to my faith. Wanted to share that with you, hope it encourages you in some way!

    • Reply Caroline June 13, 2014 at 9:08 am

      Britt, I love that! Such a powerful image. Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Reply Kristina Harlow July 19, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    I loved this! It is so Awesome that you can encourage people, just by writing this! You’re so a
    Amazing! I can’t wait to get to know you better as the time goes on! You are a wonderful daughter to God! You amazing Caroline!!

  • Reply Kristina Harlow July 19, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    I loved this! It is so Awesome that you can encourage people, just by writing this! You’re so Amazing! I can’t wait to get to know you better as the time goes on! You are a wonderful daughter to God! Your amazing Caroline!!

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