Somehow, another month has passed without my releasing words into this space. And what a month it’s been. A trip by plane to Kansas City to spend a hard but wonderful and transformative week with my classmates. A trip by car to Boise/Nampa to attend a conference for students exploring their calls to ministry. Many, many cups of coffee. Hundreds of pages read.
A deep and settled sense of joy and purpose. A knowing-in-my bones that this is what God has created me to do. Even when the days are hard and long, I am committed, because my God is so good.
There is wisdom is silence.
Wisdom in not commenting on every little thing.
Wisdom in allowing everyone in the room to assume that you agree with their position(s).
Sometimes it’s hard to keep our fingers still and our mouths shut. It’s hard to wait for the right place, the right spirit, the right time. We’re so used to jumping online to spout off about anything and everything, that to wait – to listen, to pray, to think – seems impossible.
But then, there is wisdom in speaking.
Wisdom in sharing your thoughts, no matter how insignificant the topic.
Wisdom in not allowing everyone in the room to assume you agree with them.
Sometimes it’s hard to allow our fingers to type and to open our mouths. It’s hard to stop waiting, to recognize that the place, time, and the spirit are right for conversation. We’re so used to shying away from conflict that bravery – boldness, courage – seems impossible.
So what do we do?
How do we navigate this tension?
These words float into my mind:
Don’t abandon wisdom, and she will watch over you; love her, and she will guard you.
– Proverbs 4:6 (CSB)
Ask God. God will faithfully reveal to us when it’s time to wait and when it’s time to stop waiting. God will give us the wisdom that we seek. In that giving, God will also provide the assurance of God’s presence, and therein we find the peace and safety we crave.
I’d be no kind of Beatles fan if I didn’t include a link to this song, which is completely unrelated to the topic, save for the title.
6 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Wait”
Love the post and the link!
It should probably be stated
the me and wisdom never spoke;
her wise ways I have evaded,
and to me life is a joke.
I usually try to shy from thinking;
this cancer gig is hard to stand,
so you’ll often find me drinking,
listening to a steel-drum band.
I know that booze ain’t recommended,
but it sure beats morphine, far away,
and as for me, it’s not intended
that I last for many days.
So, my friend, I’m glad you’ve come;
here’s a bottle, have some rum!
This week in my quiet time God gave me Proverbs 21:23. In His wisdom, and it served me well in a challenging time when holding my words silently was best. Your re-entry post was worth the wait.
Beautifully written. What pearls of wisdom. Thank you for sharing.
I suffer from emotional trigger finger, and I’ve learned the value of inserting a heart-felt prayer between my thoughts and my actions.
THIS! So much THIS! A resounding yes friend!
I wrestle with this tension too. Thank you for lifting it up here and reminding us of looking to wisdom to discern our actions.