Best-selling author and social influencer Sadie Robertson Huff is one of the speakers at the Global Leadership Summit 2020 that is scheduled to be video-streamed at venues around South Africa in October and November. One of the most prominent voices of her generation, Sadie strives to be a positive influence for those in dire need of inspiration and a non-judgmental presence in their lives. Her article below is a part of The GLS Faculty Spotlight series which features content from upcoming #GLS20 speakers.
If you have heard me speak before, or read any of my books, you know that I talk about waiting seasons.
Waiting seasons are very common for our generation. We constantly feel like we are waiting for the next step of life. Waiting for the college acceptance letter, waiting for the job offer, waiting for our spouse. Whatever it may be, we are always talking about the “waiting season.”
But now the WHOLE WORLD is in a “waiting season.” We are in a global period of waiting, which is new for all of us.
There is a sickness that is really scary, and it has left us questioning. This is no longer just a personal season of waiting—we are ALL waiting. Waiting on a vaccine, waiting on God to move, you name it. We are ALL looking for the next step of life.
But just because we are all waiting at once, it doesn’t change the message. Yes, we are waiting, but the time still doesn’t need to be wasted.
Ephesians 5 verse 8-14 says: “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said:“Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
I am going to pause right there. Now is not the time to be asleep! We are children of the LIGHT! Let’s be the light in the dark and scary time. It’s easy to get sucked into just binge-watching Netflix or mindlessly scrolling through Instagram or TikTok, but let’s choose to not fall victim to wasting our time in the waiting.
Ephesians 5 continues in verse 15 saying: “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Right now is the time to be fruitful. Let’s be wise. Pick up the Word and learn it, gain understanding. We have so much time to dive into a deeper understanding of who God is. Make the most of the time He has given us. Let’s not waste the waiting.
The definition of waiting is, “preparing for one’s purpose.”
Come on! If we are all waiting right now, there has to be one heck of a purpose coming out of this. God is preparing each of us right now.
I think of this as an aeroplane waiting on the runway. No one likes just sitting and waiting on the runway, but the reason behind the waiting is so that someone can prepare the plane and make sure it gets you in the air safely to fulfil its purpose of getting you where you need to go.
That is what God is doing right now. Just because we are waiting, does not mean that God isn’t working. He is preparing us for our purpose.
There are so many things canceled right now, but that doesn’t mean the will of God is canceled.
Some of you might be wondering practical ways to not waste this season of waiting. Here are some things we can focus on.
- Dive into the Word. There is so much to learn just by opening up your Bible and reading. Start with the Gospels and get excited about what God is doing!
- Worship. Worship Him singing, dancing, praying. Connect with God in this time. Pray for the desire to be closer to Him.
- Be thankful. Although it may not seem like it. There is so much to be thankful for right now. Write those things down and thank God for them.
I am here with you friends in the waiting. We are going to get through this, but let’s all chase after Jesus fiercely during this time. This waiting season is preparing us for our purpose. Wait and watch what God is going to do. The things that the Lord can do during this time are big. Don’t just wait and sleep. Wait and WATCH. God is working.
I am believing and praying for big things to come out of this season, and you can too.
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This article originally appeared on Sadie’s Live Original platform.