Discipleship

Waiting on a Moment

The life of following Jesus is a fair bit of waiting. You have a desire for transformation, for your heart and mind to change. After all its promised, its sanctification, becoming more like Christ. There are moments of advance, or revision, or renewal, of revealing. But there are also a lot of moments of waiting.

Expand this reality to pastoral ministry and the ache for these things moves from a longing for personal change to something larger, for a body of believers, for a real move of God to grow his kingdom and his people. That’s what I have been feeling.

A big take away for me from the last couple of weeks of a break is how growth comes in rest. Did you know your body grows when you are asleep? Soil is an unsuitable environment for vegetation to grow if it is constantly turned over and disturbed. Spring comes after a winter rest.

I have been trying to find these moments of rest, for me and the church, over the last months but it has been increasingly difficult. The pandemic and social unrest don’t leave much room for downtime, even if we are quarantined at home! It has been four months of constant turning of the soil. Decisions to be made. Material to produce. Aching for growth.

Reading Joshua 14 this morning I saw again the need of rest. The first chapters of this book are conquest. The nation coming into the Promised Land. The is turmoil, enemies afoot, uncertainty. And Joshua leads through it all. Then at the end of chapter 14 we read, “And the land had rest from war.”

From that rest, the land was divided up, cities built, a people flourished.

What will our growth look like if we let the ground rest? How might we set down the plow and see what springs up? How might God move as we wait on a moment?

The soundtrack for this rest is going to be Chris Renzema’s song “Let the Ground Rest.”

Been waiting on a moment
Been waiting on a sign
Waiting for them to call your name
And you’re next in line
Been waiting for your time to come
You’re fifteen minutes in the sun
So don’t you find it strange
That God, He made four seasons and only one’s spring?


So just let the ground rest
‘Cause if it’s not right now
It’s for the best
You’re gonna grow, I know this
But for now, just let the ground rest


You’ve been waiting on a moment
Been waiting on a sign
Waiting for the lights to change
When you won’t feel so stuck or so left behind
Been waiting for the day to come
When you can leave behind what you’ve become
Wash it all away
These flowers only grow once they’ve tasted rain


So just let the ground rest
‘Cause if it’s not right now
It’s for the best
You’re gonna grow, I know this
But for now, just let the ground rest


‘Cause He’ll finish what He starts
He started this I know
But if you saw the plans
Maybe you wouldn’t go
I watched Him plant a seed
And then let the ground rest
So child, oh, believe
‘Cause I promise there’s a harvest