My Grandma used to tell me “you can’t cook a pot of soup in a hurry”. Her method of cooking was one of allowing the meat, spices and the onions to simmer for an hour before adding any other ingredients. Once the rest of the components were added, she allowed the soup to continue bubbling on the stove until it tasted “just right”. I occasionally think of her when I’m cooking soup; often in a hurry at the end of the day. Tasting it and thinking, “there is something not quite right with this”; my impatience leads to mediocre results.
Our walk with God can be compared to making a pot of soup. At times we are in a rush to see what God has next for us. Waiting in that “in between stage” can be a difficult, stressful and uncomfortable time. But it can also be faith building. We have an idea for how things will turn out, and a desire to see that happen. Oftentimes we want that to happen now and not later. And yet, God asks us to wait, simmering the soup that is our lives, to deepen the flavors and bring increased satisfaction.
In the end, our patience pays off when we wait for God’s timing, rather than pushing for our timing. It’s hard to wait in that messy phase, where we don’t know what is happening or how things are going to turn out. We hope and pray that a youth will come to know Christ in a deep and meaningful way. We wait for the timing for a new ministry to get up and running.
Esperar is a Spanish verb that can be used to mean both “to wait” and “to hope.” In essence, waiting and hoping are the same thing. I don’t think that is insignificant. It’s not just waiting but also hoping. Patience= hoping + waiting*
When we have the patience to wait in the in between for God’s timing, we can be assured that we will have the best results.
What are you waiting and hoping for in this season? How can you practice patience (hoping and waiting) even in the midst of a lack of clarity?
“But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my savior; my God will hear me.” Micah 7:7
*Special thank to Jen Hubbard for insight into the Spanish Language