God as Your Talent Agent (Patience)
Since before time began no one has ever imagined, no ear heard, no eye seen, a God like you who works for those who wait for him. You meet those who happily do what is right, who keep a good memory of the way you work. Isaiah 64:4 from The Message
The best-selling book, The Day of the Jackal, was turned down with the comment of “no reader interest.” The book has since sold eight million copies. The Diary of Anne Frank was rejected 15 times and called “very dull,” with unfamiliar characters who bickered like a typical family. Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen was rejected 140 times. And Carrie by Stephen King? Rejected 30 times. The story goes, after the final rejection King threw the manuscript in the trash and his wife fished it out.
What does it mean to wait for God? Does it mean “wait on,” as in serve Him? Or “wait for,” the way we might at customer help desk?
Man lives for the moment; God lives for the ages. We want success right now; God wants us right with Him. We hope God will give us our dreams: He dreams of a time when we no longer look to Him as the giver of gifts and blessings but as simply, Lord.
When faced with the urgency of “now,” consider what it means to “wait upon God.” We are not called to sit and do nothing, but to wait. Wait: as in serve Him. Wait: as in serve others. Wait as only a servant can when he works with all his heart to do the work to which his Master calls.
Wait upon the Lord with the skills you have and the passion He’s placed in your heart. In doing so you may find His eyes and ears are roaming the earth looking for other ways He can promote you into greater service for Him.
“God gives us a vision, and then He takes us down to the valley to batter us into the shape of that vision. It is in the valley that so many of us give up and faint. Every God-given vision will become real if we will only have patience.” – Oswald Chambers.
From the forthcoming book: My Father’s Business: 30 Inspirational Stories for Discerning and Doing God’s Will