She Told Me Not to Marry Emily

She Told Me Not to Marry Emily

Within a few hours of getting permission to marry Emily from her dad I got a phone call from a mentor of mine.

“Hey Joël. I felt like I was supposed to call and tell you the timing is wrong on something you are about to do.”

Ugh. The mentor didn’t give details. But I knew it meant I wasn’t supposed to marry Emily. Yet. After some prayer and seeking more counsel I concluded the time was indeed wrong. I needed to wait.

It ended up being another entire year before I asked her. During that year a series of things happened that I now realize would have made getting married the wrong timing. God needed to work some things out of me and prepare Emily. It was hard.

God seems to delight in making us wait for stuff we want. Even good stuff. I’ve learned that those times of waiting can be our greatest opportunity to grow –if we’ll embrace it.

My dad taught me that waiting doesn’t mean sitting around. It means waiting – like a good waiter. It means serving and doing what needs to be done. There’s something that happens when you wait like that. God uses it to prepare you for the next season of life. That’s what I did. I started serving at the church. I worked hard and saved money. I got more education.

Don’t waste this season of life complaining that you aren’t where you want to be. Get moving. Take action. Start serving. You won’t be in this season forever, but it would be a shame to miss out on what God has for you right now.

If you start waiting actively you’ll be ready when your big moment comes. You’ll realize that the waiting was what prepared you to thrive.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven… Ecc. 3:1