Seven years ago this month, my husband and I packed up our car in Tennessee and hit the road.
God called us to start a church in Seattle early in our relationship, and after about 5 years – we were finally on our way.
The only thing is… it really wasn’t the best time to pack up and leave.
We had no money, we’d been struggling to find work and just survive for several years, we had no house or apartment waiting on us in Seattle, and no jobs.
We didn’t even have enough gas money to make the long, cross-country drive.
But there we were.
We’d sold what we could in a yard sale, packed the rest, and loaded as much as we could fit into our Nissan xTerra, and we set out in pursuit of the calling to start a church in Seattle.
I’m sure most people thought we were crazy – even I think it was a bit crazy!
Talk about bad timing, right?! At least from a human perspective.
Isn’t it wiser to make sure you have enough money to get where you’re going? Maybe land a job before you make the move? And have an apartment waiting on you when you arrive?
Yes, that does sound like the smarter thing to do… waiting for the perfect conditions before taking the first step.
But, I don’t know when everything would have finally aligned, or if things ever would have aligned to create that “perfect” moment.
What I do know, is God called us to go, and we decided to respond – even though it looked like we might not make it even half way on what we had.
It looked like bad timing in our eyes, but to God – it looked like an opportunity to provide and make a way where there seemed to be no way.
And that’s exactly what He did.
Today I want ask you, What Are You Waiting For?
And I want to remind you that God’s idea of the perfect conditions or perfect timing usually looks a lot different than ours.
Let’s get started!
Too many times I’ve wanted to do something, only to wait or continue putting it off because everything wasn’t perfectly in place the way I thought it should be.
I’d say, when this happens or when that comes through, then I’ll move forward. And I’d find myself a year down the road realizing that if I’d have just taken the first step, I’d be a lot further along now!
As humans, it seems like we wait and wait and wait for the perfect moment, the right opportunity, and we miss out on so much.
We waste time waiting when we should be moving.
You’ve probably heard someone say – There’s never a perfect time to have kids.
You can decide to wait until you have enough money, more available time, live in a certain place, both spouses aren’t having to work… but there will always be something else. Instead, people have babies (even sometimes during very challenging times in their lives) and they make it!
The truth of the matter is, what we consider perfect timing is usually not what God has in mind.
For us, waiting for the perfect timing means:
- waiting for the least amount of resistance
- waiting for the least amount of discomfort
- waiting to have all the answers
- waiting for the finances
- waiting until we’re know that everything is going to turn out perfectly
Well, sometimes waiting for the perfect moment also means a lack of faith, or maybe a lack of trust…
What if I told you the time is now?
What if I told you that the perfect moment is simply when God says go.
No matter what the circumstances say, what your finances say, no matter what other people say…
If we would have waited for what we thought was the right time to move to Seattle to start a church, we might have been sitting in another city today – still dreaming about the day we’d move to Seattle.
We would have missed out on some miracles, some testimonies, like God providing us with the gas money to make it to Seattle after we’d already left town, and God providing us with jobs (after being out of consistent work for several years), and an apartment we didn’t even qualify for.
From God’s perspective, what looks like bad timing to us is full of opportunities, and miracles, and testimonies, and guarantees that He gets all the glory.
My husband and I will tell you, that us being here in Seattle has nothing to do with our ability or expertise of any kind.
It has EVERYTHING to do with God. He’s the only one who could have orchestrated this so beautifully, and He’s the only one who gets the glory.
So, what are you waiting for?
Ecclesiastes 11:4 says, “He that observes the wind shall not sow; and he that regards the clouds shall not reap.”
We shouldn’t get so caught up in what our circumstances might say that we never sow or reap.
What if waiting for what I think is the perfect timing, is actually just wasting time?
What if taking a step of faith, in spite of what I see or don’t see, is exactly what God wants me to do?
There’s a song that says,
Even when I don’t see it, You’re working. Even when I don’t feel it, You’re working. You never stop, You never stop working.
Trust that He’s working.
Trust that He’s a Way Maker, and that He’ll make a way for YOU.
What are you waiting for?
This is where it starts.
And trust me, the testimonies that you’ll have will point straight the Way Maker.
We’re getting closer to growing our little family, and this month I’m giving you a chance to be a part of our adoption story!
We’ve had an adorable custom puzzle made that says,
“This is the start of your sweet little story, the part where your page meets ours. No matter where this tale takes you tomorrow, our story will always read LOVE”
We are “selling” the pieces for $10/each.
When you buy a piece, we write your name on the back.
When we adopt, we’ll put the puzzle together and our child will have a keepsake with the names of the incredible people who were a part of the story.
You can learn more by visiting www.brittaniscott.com/adopt