The Waiter

Have you ever tried to take a picture of something that moves your head and heart but can’t get your phone out in time?

Twice this week, I missed getting the picture, but a message came through loud and clear anyway. The first picture was a tiny little church sign that read, “The battle is not yours, but God’s.” That led to my typical reaction of, “Great! Well then, what do I do now?” To which you and I both know the answer is: I should wait upon the Lord.

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Waiting. I really, really, REALLY don’t like waiting. Then I saw this quote on social media:

“If you’re waiting on God, do what waiters do: serve.” – Ann Voskamp

Boom. It’s like God spoke to me through a collage of ideas with one central thought.
“Shawn, stop making this about you!”

How often does my self-focus cause me to see only what’s directly in front of me and keep staring at it, attempting to will it to change? It’s interesting how God can use the act of serving others to break us out of our own situation. 

Do you need a personal breakthrough? Go do something for another person. You will be amazed at the result.

Does this dichotomy make you dizzy too? Leave your thoughts about waiting, or giving in the comments. I would love to hear them!

In His service and at yours!


Published by Shawn McCarthy

While serving as the Weekend Experience Pastor at Seacoast Church, I felt God prompting me to share the moments when He would speak His truth into my life through scripture in a way that made sense to me, giving me tangible ways to learn, grow and lead. These promptings turned into weekly emails that I would send my small groups and volunteer teams. I found myself enjoying the process of digging deeper into God’s Word, being stretched by the writing process, and encouraging others in the faith. My lovely wife, Anna, challenged me to begin this blog, so these moments that I have come to call, my “Red-Letter Moments,” can find a home. My prayer is that you will find hope, comfort, and inspiration here, and above all, you will come to know that the God of the universe loves you and desires a personal relationship with you.”

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