All of us have times when things aren’t happening. We usually say we are “waiting” for something to happen. Sometimes, we are just covering up our procrastination.
Waiting is an honorable thing. We are waiting when we have done everything we can and the next move has to come from someone else. When that someone else is God, we are in a good place. Scripture often proclaims the appropriateness of waiting on the Lord. When waiting our eyes are on God. Our strength is renewed. Peace reigns.
Waiting often means that something has started. Things have been done. There is movement toward a goal. Waiting implies that we know the next thing that needs to happen and we are prepared to act when it does. When we wait we are prepared, ready and faithful that God knows best about timing.
Procrastination occurs when the ball is in our court and we search for reasons not to take the next step. It focuses on our lack of preparation, readiness or faith. We doubt that anything is really in process. We consider that maybe we have taken a wrong turn or misinterpreted a word from God. We spend a lot of time looking in the mirror.
Procrastination is a place of anxiety, worry and doubt. Waiting is a place of peace, confidence and hope.
If you are in a quiet time of life, consider are you waiting or procrastinating? That’s what I’m asking these days.