I remember when I was young, the excitement I would get around dinner time. The aroma of a home cooked meal, filling the house. Flowing from the kitchen to the back of the house, meeting me right in my room.
I would stand in the doorway, unable to keep still as I waited to be called to the table. My siblings nearby.
The smell seemed to taunt me as I waited for the call to the table. I would look to the front of the house, where the dining room was located, waiting for the moment when my father would appear to call us to the table. I could hear him and my mother moving around in the kitchen.
Setting the table.
And all I could do was wait. That was what my father wanted. For me to wait.
I’m seeing the parallel to that in my life now. In my spiritual walk with my heavenly Father. There are places that I want to go, but I must wait for the Father as he prepares them. Knowing that when he is ready for me to move he will call me.
Now that I’m older, I don’t wait to be called to the dinner table. I make my own food, or buy my own food. The wait is shorter and I think sometimes I can carry that over into my spiritual walk. Thinking I have to move in haste. Expecting things to come quickly, or making them happen on my own.
But when you are surrendered to God, you realize there is endurance and patience in the process. The word says that these are the things that build faith. God is a God of preparation, a God of detail. He will not send you somewhere without His provision. In Jeremiah 29:11 God tells his people that he knows the plans he has for them; to prosper them and not to harm them to give them hope and a future. This is the same for us. We are His people.
We have to trust His plan. We have to wait for His call.
When I was little, and my dad would call us to the table when dinner was done, I’d come running to the dinner table. And what I would find was a set table. Our plates prepared with the food that my parents had made.
All I had to do was take my seat.
And I believe that is the truth in my spiritual walk. As I wait to be called to my next place in life, I trust that God is preparing the space for me. I don’t have to worry about where I’m going.
This is what brings me peace. This is what keeps me still. It’s all in God’s perfect timing.