In the Silence
Do you ever feel as if you are waiting on someone to answer you, but it takes longer than expected?
As a more reserved individual, I find myself learning to master the art of waiting, more often than not, due to factors beyond my control. In the waiting, we often have to find ways to develop certain skills, such as patience, forbearance, perhaps even forgiveness. But is it worth it?
For my time serving with ReachAcross over the past three years, it has certainly been an interesting journey, especially attempting to coordinate projects overseas while waiting on resources or personnel. However, I have learned that, in the silence, it can be an amazing way to think things through. This has proven especially true, time and time again, when there is a greater outcome involved that requires patience on the part of the individual, rather than the community we attempt to reach.
In Scripture, there are many lessons that leaders had to go through while waiting on the Lord to intervene. One of the most well-known is the story of Moses, who had to wait decades until he realised his calling, then had to again wait on Pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt, to succumb to the demands to release the people of Israel; and then again, had to wander in the desert for 40 years before finally making to the edge of the “promised land”.
As the story goes, “Then Moses set out with Joshua his aide, and Moses went up on the mountain of God. He said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we come back to you. Aaron and Hur are with you, and anyone involved in a dispute can go to them.” When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai. For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the Lord called to Moses from within the cloud. To the Israelites the glory of the Lord looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain. Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights.”
- Exodus 24:13-18
It is almost humorous to note that Moses had to wait for the Lord to render his commandments, and Joshua, in turn, had to wait until Moses could tell him what the Lord had spoken to Him – as I wonder who had to wait longer!
Yet in the waiting, it is clear that one finds out what defines us, and what we desire.
May it be that we wait on the Lord, and in the silence, we find out who we are meant to be.