The Waiting Room

We have been taught that time is money and money is time. “Move quick, Move fast, it’s the only way to survive.” This ideology tends to make us impatient. When anything seems to be taking its time, we dump it and move on to the next. (Ain’t nobody gat time, right?)

Sadly, we have translated this notion into our prayer lives and walk with God. We take this “now or never” mentality to God and expect Him to start running to supply our every need simply because we are in a hurry. And when God demands that we wait a little while for His promises to be birthed and for our prayers to be answered, we either try to make our own alternative or eat the fruit before it is ripe. I pray that through this post, we will begin to understand how God’s waiting room works so that we do not get tired of waiting.

Let’s picture an empty waiting room. With a long row of chairs facing a door. Let’s put a clock on the wall as well, for a bit of decor and also to remind us that time is passing. Please keep this picture in your mind as you read the next few lines. A lot of us think that while we are waiting for our prayers to be answered, we are sitting alone in that waiting room, hoping that God will come through the door in the next minute with the answer. At least that’s what I thought.

Last week, while I was praying, I heard God say, “Ayowade, will you wait with Me?” Initially, I didn’t understand but when it hit me, I was in tears. He changed my picture of His waiting room and as you read this I pray He changes yours too.

In God’s waiting room, you are not waiting for God, rather you are waiting with God.

God made me understand that He is right there in that waiting room with us anticipating the arrival and manifestation of His word. Many have abandoned Him in the waiting room because they didn’t realise that He was there with them the whole time, wiping their tears and giving them the strength to keep going. Please read the scripture below slowly and carefully.

“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11[NIV]

Every word that comes from the mouth of God is a messenger that must accomplish what it has been sent to do as long as we stay in the will of God. In the verse above, God is reminding us of the confidence which He has in His own word. It might take some time to come to pass but it must come to pass because God has said it.

I think it’s worth mentioning two more rules about how the waiting room works. A lot of the time when we feel God is taking His time in answering our prayers, we either give God “the silent treatment” or we complain. But this is when we need to spend even more time in the secret place to fellowship with Him, to grow in our love for Him, to worship Him with all our heart.

It is also a time of preparation. It’s not a passive place where we sit and feel sorry for ourselves. We must ensure that the answer does not meet us unprepared. As a pregnant mother does not wait for the child to be born before she starts buying all that the baby will need so also we must start preparing for the arrival of the answer to our prayers through the wisdom of God.

“Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance.” Hebrews 6:12 [NLT]

Perhaps you are reading and you are in a waiting phase, wondering if God has forgotten what He promised or whether He even heard, to begin with. God has a track record of ensuring that His word comes to pass. So don’t let thoughts of discouragement set in.

THE WAIT WITH GOD IS ALWAYS WORTH IT!!!

So how do we wait? We wait patiently, We wait preparing and We wait praising. Halleluyah!

Thank you for reading, I trust you have been blessed.

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Written by Ayowade Adeleye (through the wisdom and inspiration of the Holy Spirit!)

Locked out?

God has a unique purpose for each and every individual. A beautiful purpose!

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11 [KJV]

In each and every one of us, God had placed certain gifts and talents. He has allowed us to have various experiences and qualifications. Which by His grace and wisdom, He has purposed to reveal a beautiful life story.

For some reason, I cannot explain, I am very familiar with locking myself out of my room. Leaving my key inside my room and jamming the door. For those who have never experienced it, it is a very frustrating experience.There is nothing more annoying than not being able to get into your own house or room. Due to these predicaments, I once found myself watching a video on how to pick a lock (It’s okay you can laugh) and the person explained that each key is made with a unique pattern to fit the lock. There is a unique interaction between a key and a lock. This is when you try another key it will not work no matter how similar the pattern is.

Drawing from that illustration, there is a unique combination of gifts, talents and characteristics that propels us into our destiny. However, we often get distracted because we see how somebody else is using their own gifts and talents and we put ourselves under the pressure of using our own in the same way. But this is not meant to be so.

Each of us has a specific call on our lives, if we were all meant to be doing the same thing, what a boring world this would be!

Fulfilling potential isn’t the same as fulfilling the purpose for our lives. One could fulfil potential (invest sufficiently in ones’ gifts, traits and talents) and still be very unsatisfied. Believe it or not. Ever wondered why certain people who appear to be successful in the eye of the world suddenly commit suicide?

There is a unique purpose for everyone and it is not always as obvious as we think. Not every funny person is made to be a comedian and not every person with a beautiful voice is destined to be a musician. We need to realise this so that we don’t get frustrated when we seem to be putting all our resources into developing a certain talent and not bearing fruit.

Going back to my illustration about locks and keys, this can be likened to trying to open a lock with the wrong key.

But who knows the key better than the locksmith who made the key or the landlord who owns the house? Well, I guess its double joy for you if the locksmith is your Landlord.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5

The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. Psalm 24:1

So here lies the huge task before us, to determine how and when to use the things that God has placed in us. The good news is God doesn’t demand such an impossible task of us. This is why He has given us the Holy Spirit who teaches us all things. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and knows the Mind of the Father concerning our purpose and destiny. Since we know someone who already knows the way, all we need to do is follow!

If you don’t believe me, let’s look at 2 Corinthians 2:10-12

 But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.” 2 Corinthians 2:10-12

See! I always like to bring you good news

Rather than going about our lives in a trial and error fashion, making costly mistakes and getting frustrated. Why don’t we seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit? This beautiful thing about walking with Lord is that He will not only show the goal, if you allow him He will hold your hands and go with you on the journey.

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3

Maybe you are reading this post and you feel figuratively “locked out” and you are tired of making failed attempts at figuring out the reason why you are on this planet. Perhaps you aren’t even failing, but you want to be sure that you don’t get to the end of the road and ask, “was it all worth it?”

I want to encourage you today to invite the Holy Spirit to be your senior partner. He is on the inside of every believer.

If you are reading this, however, and all of this sounds nice but you haven’t yet met with Jesus. You can say the prayer here and just like that you are a member of the family and have access to all the amazing wonders God has in store for you.

Thank you very much for reading. God bless you!

Written by:

Ayowade Adeleye (through the revelation and inspiration of the Holy Spirit.)