I’ve become pretty good at waiting for things. My record is 96 hours in line for Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. And before you make a remark about reserved seats, I lived in a town that didn’t have an IMAX or any specialty theater with reserved seating, so yes, it was completely necessary. So was the costume.
I don’t mind waiting, but only on my own terms, for things that for whatever reason I have decided this is an ok thing to wait for, or I enjoy the process of it. It’s obviously about me. That’s probably why I don’t get excited for waiting on God to ‘do the next thing’ in my life. I’m excited for that thing, but once again it’s on my terms, and my terms in that scenario is when I feel like something needs to happen. I don’t know how God works these things in your life, but for me I think God often creates the waiting as a reminder that it isn’t about me. I wouldn’t have done well in Josephs shoes.
Joseph is thrown into that pit and sold into slavery when he is 17. We cover that story in Sunday school in 10 minutes, but he didn’t become ruler of Egypt until he was 30. Joseph had those dreams about his brothers bowing down to him, so he certainly had something he knew he was waiting for, but it was a 13 year process. And not just waiting, but some pretty miserable circumstances like getting thrown into prison on a false charge. I think if Josephs dream would have come true when he was 18, he probably would have taken credit. The process he went through reminded him that while God had a big calling for him, it wasn’t about Joseph, it was about God, and the process would reflect that.
There is nothing wrong with striving to be the best at what we do, in fact that is exactly what we should be doing. It only becomes a problem when we start thinking it’s about us. Ultimately, God isn’t moving in our industry to make station names famous, or DJ names famous, He moves in our industry to make Himself famous. This isn’t an anti-success rant, it’s a ‘right reasons for success’ challenge. One that I need to continually take. Hopefully, it is also some encouragement. If your station has seen better days or is going through some problems, God may just be saying ‘just wait…and watch what I do.’
PD at KAXL & CMB Gold Member