Monday, April 12, 2010

Pregnant Pause

Press play on an internet video or audio, and unless you are paying a great deal of money for a very fast line like a T1 line, your computer will pause while it loads part of your video into a section of memory called a buffer. The buffer acts like a water tower, storing up enough data so that when you do press play, your video doesn't skip. If the file you're trying to watch or listen do begins to stop and skip, all you usually have to do is press the pause button and wait for the "buffer" to fill up with your file. Once it's full, just press play again and off you go.

Jesus commissioned the apostles to go into the world and preach the gospel, making promises of fantastic supernatural abilities and power to carry out that command. But, before they could go, Jesus pressed the "pause" button and told them, "But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high." (Luke 24:49) So, they pressed pause, gathering in what we call "the upper room," not for a day or two, but for a week and a half - ten days to be exact. Now, it's not like they filled up power during those ten days. When the Holy Spirit came in His fulness, they were powerfully and completely filled in just a moment. Their pause was a pause of obedience and prayer, what God calls again and again in Scripture, "waiting" on the Lord.

We readily admit that without Him we can do nothing, but we somehow forget that we must still wait upon Him to move. And, we almost alway forget that a huge part of waiting is the very active waiting of prayer; as Jesus told the disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane, "watch and pray." When the very things that God has commanded and promised to be doing in our lives are not happening, don't charge out, lash out, or stress out. Instead, wait in prayer until God fills you and the moment with His power.