We can get paralyzed by the comfort of waiting.
In waiting, there is a certain safety, a reason for our lack of movement.
Trust me, I often wait for inspiration and for God to speak to me. Many times I make no decision until after I have waited for a period of time, long or short, giving God room to speak or to hopefully gain some clarity on what’s going on or what I’m thinking.
There is necessity in waiting. If we never wait and we just do non-stop, we’re much more susceptible to forgetting about God, being self-reliant and self-focused, and the beginning, middle, and end can (we believe) be entirely based on us.
The truth is, if we believe what Jesus said is true and if we follow Him with our lives, then we can’t do anything apart from Him. At least, not anything that is of eternal worth and impact.
Take caution, though, for waiting can be like a mother’s womb – safe, comfortable, familiar.
There is a time for waiting, for all of us. We need to wait, and be patient. There is an absolutely necessary time of waiting for something in us to be formed (or for us to be formed).
But at some point we have to be born. The baby has to come out into the world, into the uncomfortable, the unfamiliar, and the unsafe.
Each of us has to take a step of faith at some point. We have to speak at some point. We have to put on our own clothes and make our own food. We have to be vulnerable.
My pastor, Jonathan Rue, has said that we understand more of our calling, more of our place in God’s story while we are in motion, while we are obeying and following Jesus.
Pablo Picasso said, “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”
Don’t confuse waiting for inspiration or clarity from God with obeying His Word and doing something in the midst of the silence and the uncertainty.