February 2, 2017
In 1981, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers came out with the song, “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” – okay, I am showing my age here! I remember watching the video on that “new” music video channel called MTV!
Tom Petty was right! It IS the hardest part at times during our faith walk. But it doesn’t have to feel like it’s hard, if we keep our focus on the Lord. Easier said than done, right?
In “The Message of Habakkuk: What to do When Things Go Wrong,” Pastor Armstrong reminds us that God has a divine timetable. Now, to be honest, sometimes I think God’s timetable is slower than molasses!
Take my job search at the moment. I have been looking for a full-time job in my field since I completed my Master’s degree in Public Relations in 2014. The month after I graduated, I got laid off from my part-time position. I thought, “Well, God knows I want a full-time job, so that’s OK.” It’s now 2017, and I have worked two full-time temp positions, have had periods of unemployment, a myriad of interviews and numerous rejections. I’m TIRED. Every day, I ask God to please provide the right job for me and my family. I love God, and I know He loves me and has a plan for me (Jeremiah 29:11). But what is taking so long?!
As we move through Habakkuk, we see that even while Habakkuk is asking “why” to his circumstances, he is also “purposefully waiting” on God. Pastor Armstrong explains that Habakkuk is being active in his waiting in anticipation of God’s answer. “I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint.” (Habakkuk 2:1)
All of the italicized words in Habakkuk 2:1 are actions. So we don’t have to sit “idly by” twiddling our thumbs while we wait on God. I have found great comfort in this during my job search. You’ve heard the phrase “you’ve got to be in it, to win it” – well, in the case of looking for a job, it is obviously active. I do have to look for openings in my field, fill out applications, write cover letters, etc. Then what do I do? I wait. But I don’t sit by the phone in my pajamas, eating ice cream! I am a mother and a wife, so while I wait, I continue to care for my family and our home. I have also used this time to learn new skills applicable to my line of work. I’m volunteering my time at church and with other organizations who could use my abilities. It hasn’t been easy, this wait. But God has sustained me so far, and my trust in Him has been strengthened.
So I’ll continue to purposefully wait for the right job, at the right time, according to God’s divine timetable. Yes, Tom Petty was right – waiting IS HARD – but thankfully, not impossible when you put your trust in your heavenly Father.