Created and Waiting

by APC on November 29, 2017

Black Friday. A phrase that ignites the adrenaline rush in some (a borderline fight or flight response), but triggers a pending sense of doom for others. The latter group boards themselves up in their homes for the day and waits for the storm to pass. The rest of the souls brave the masses to purchase the one item, with only so many in stock, for a fraction of the price, in the wee hours of the morning, all for themselves

I did the real Black Friday shopping thing a few years back. I stood in line out in the cold, freezing my toes off, just to get an item I wanted. Once cleared for takeoff, I scurried into the store, searched diligently for the sale item, only to find an empty bin.

Sold out. Don’t you hate that feeling? It’s the same one you get when you go to grab the last cookie and discover someone else (ahem your husband) already ate it… Don’t you wish there was one more made just for you, with your name plastered on it, so when you came to the store, they rolled out the red carpet just for you?

Okay, maybe that’s just me, but there are many things we miss out on, Black Friday aside. Stuff runs out, we miss out, and in the end, someone’s not a happy camper. That’s life. There’s not an endless supply of anything. And, contrary to popular belief, nothing’s “saved” just for us.

For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him (Isaiah 64:4, KJV).

God has existed from everlasting to everlasting and knows the beginning from the end. He knew what He would create for each one of us long before we ever existed and the pathway we would walk. He knew what we’d need and even what we’d want.

I really wonder at this concept of what God’s prepared for us. I’ve got a bit of an imagination, but I believe all our gifts, talents, provisions, miracles, etc. were created long before we ever needed them, but were placed on a shelf, and tagged with our name. They were customized, set aside, and preserved just for us.

But, the “me, myself, and I” won’t warrant God’s approval. This Scripture states He’s prepared blessings for us, but they come with a condition. We have to wait for Him or wait on Him. We need to worship, obey, and serve Him to be able to partake in these blessings. God moves only when we move.

This is where God grows even sweeter. We may have taken far too long to start living for Him, but He didn’t give up and sell all of the blessings He had in store for us. Someone else didn’t get the goodies because we were too slow. What God created for us waits for us.

But, it all waits until we wait on Him.

How do we do that? The obvious answer is to pray, read the Word, fast, and grow in God. But, waiting also takes another form—in waiting on others. You see, what we do for others, we do to Jesus (Matthew 25:40). When you shop with the intent on blessing someone else, you’re truly waiting on God. And, it’s in the waiting we will see our blessings.

This holiday season, remember what’s been created, is waiting. No matter how you wait, you’ll receive that which was created (and waiting) just for you.