It makes me wonder what other divine impartations God would reveal if we chose not to rush away, but to stay and linger in His presence until we look at Him face to face with unwavering and undivided attention.
Have you ever tried to have a conversation with someone, who, during your entire conversation looks all around you, but never directly at you? Their words sound like they are interested in what you have to say, but their actions reveal something entirely different?
That was my experience at a Christian networking luncheon with a local marketing executive. I was fairly sure the stage curtain behind her was more attentive to our conversation than was she so I put the woman out of her misery. I stepped away; leaving her to converse with her friend standing nearby.
Reflecting back at that moment, I realize there must be times when we leave that same disinterested and unengaged impression with God. This fast-paced, self-centered, seeking the next best and greatest culture of ours seems to have infected our time of waiting on God to the point that when we enter a time of worship, we look at everything around us and everyone else except into the face of Jesus. Why is it, the ones who say we are worshippers of Christ, so seldom take our time to lock eyes with Him, the Redeemer and the lover of our soul?
We make time for the things we desire and love whether it is travel, sports, shopping, Facebook, Twitter, or one of the other countless activities available to us. Wherever that happy place is for us individually, it is there that time slips away into oblivion as we linger in those contented moments. And should that activity be prolonged that is okay with us because, hey, we are doing something we love!
But let a worship service go over its allotted time slot, oh, boy! How quickly we become annoyed because it is on the verge of interfering with our timetable! Or during our personal prayer time, we are in a rush because our mind is on our week’s to-do list. How does God feel when our mouths are speaking words of praise, but our hearts are far away in another place? When giving our time and ourselves to worship, why do we set time limits with our “respectful of your time” schedules?
When do we respect God’s time? His clock is not set to this world’s fast-paced timetable. Before Jesus went away, he told the people to tarry or stay in Jerusalem until endued with power from on high. And they did. For ten long and intense days, they waited. One hundred and twenty people stayed in a room waiting on a promise. One hundred and twenty people waited for something for which they had no clue as to the how or when, other than they were to receive a divine impartation of power.
I wonder what other divine impartations God would reveal, if we chose not to rush away, but to stay and linger in His presence until we look at Him face to face with unwavering and undivided attention.
When You said, "Seek My face,"
My heart said to You,
"Your face, LORD, I will seek."
Psalm 27:8 NKJV
But those who wait on the LORD
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31 NKJV