In your lifetime you will have many appointments regarding a great deal of things in your life. I have had many appointments. Many many doctor appointments. When my neurological issues became very serious I saw a specialist at least every 6 weeks. The first couple appointments were aggravating. I usually always arrive about 20 minutes early for my appointments. I would sign in sit down and wait for my name to be called. Sometimes I would get called soon after I arrived. Other times an hour later. I have even had appointments where I waited two hours even though I had an appointment. I would look around in the waiting room and watch other people’s frustrations. I would see people who came in after me have their name called and get taken back. I would become so impatient that I would walk up to the front desk and ask when I would be seen. The usual response is “the doctor has X amount of people in front of you and you are coming up really soon”.
I am now a PRO at waiting at the doctor’s office. I walk in sign in,smile and go sit down because I know I will be seen and I have an appointment. At some long ago time it was scheduled. I wrote it in my planner. Set a reminder in my phone and I showed up for it. I usually have my iPod with me , my devotional book or my journal with me. People come to the doctor for different things so if someone came after me and got called before me I think maybe they just needed lab work to be done. Or maybe their preliminary work up was more detailed than what I came in for. I don’t know and I certainly do not need to be concerned about them. I am here for my appointment and my name will be called. So believe it or not it doesn’t matter how long I am waiting I am usually not stressing when I will be called back. I make sure I have things to keep me occupied while I wait. I am going to have to wait anyway. So I might as well make the most out of it.
Oh how I wish I could apply this to waiting on God more often. I get impatient, wondering when my breakthrough will come but I know God’s response is much like the nurses assuring me that my time is coming soon. The bible says in Ecclesiastes 3:1 “To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven”
This is just the way God works with your blessings. A long long long time ago he already set your appointment date and time for the goodness he has for you. Your job as a Christian is to make sure you show up. You show up by making sure you are ready for your blessing. You consistently praise God, study the word and fellowship with others. He will call your name and you will receive your blessing. Showing up also entails having an understanding that there is a season for everything. You may look around and feel like it’s winter in your life and spring in other people’s lives. That will change. Your springtime will come and winter will come for others. That’s the way life works. The ebb and flow that God allows us to go through shows us that he always has made good on his promises and always will. Just like in the doctor’s office you can’t be concerned with other people whose named were called before yours. They had their appointment too and their business with God doesn’t concern you.
This is something I sometimes struggle with seeing other people receive blessings that I was sure I was in line for. It’s even harder when it is someone who you are close to. Because of course you are genuinely happy for them but at the same time it reminds you of what you’ve been waiting on God for. When I feel convicted about this I have to remind myself that I am human. And it’s helpful to immediately pray about it as well. A simple prayer that could be helpful that you could say is “Lord I thank you for blessing (whoever it is)! Thank you for showing me that you can work it out for them; this definitely means you can work it out for me.” God knows the desires of you heart. Don’t fake the funk. It’s ok to let him know you would like things to work out for yourself. You just have to thank him for working it out for other people too.
“Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth Him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with Him.” (Acts 10:34). God does not show favoritism. His blessings are for everyone and the good works he does for one he can do for all. So fear not his awesomeness is coming down the line. You just have to wait your turn. Here is what is even more awesome:. It doesn’t matter where you are standing in that line. God can accelerate your position. You could be #99 one day and #2 the next.
So your divine appointment is one that you should wait on with joy. Yes the wait may be longer than you imagined. But it might be tomorrow. You just never know.
One day at a time,