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Best of 2013: I Won’t Die in the Waiting Room!

Beloved, this was one of the most shared messages of 2013. Read it again and be sure to share it with others. Rev. Jarrett Washington has shared many messages on this site and we certainly appreciate it. We praise God for his pastoral ministry in South Carolina and for being unselfish with the messages God gives him.

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“Teach me Your way, O Lord, And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies. Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries; For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence. I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!”
Psalm 27:11-14

Saturday, after leaving the funeral services for a member’s deceased father, I journeyed into my local bookstore to do some reading. Amongst the many books on religion, education, entertainment, psychology, sociology, fiction and literature, I found myself in the Children’s Books Section. While in the section, I stumbled upon an old familiar text by Dr. Seuss entitled, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.” As I was perusing the pages of rhyme and reason, I read a section that said,

“You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin.
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?”

“You can get so confused
That you’ll start in to race
Down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
And grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
Headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…For there are people just waiting…”

I began to think how could we perpetuate the idea to our young people that a place called waiting was useless. Rather, could it be that our waiting could actually be for our good? What if our waiting was leading us into a place of greater expectation, greater anointing, greater character, and most of our greatest healing? I am doubly convinced there exists so many people who have decided I will not die in {my} waiting {room}.

Here in the very familiar text of Psalm 27 the reader is exposed to David’s discussion of the power of waiting. David, the psalmist, request the favor of God and the continued power of God’s presence in his life. By reading Psalm 27 the reader is to understand many times it is our salvation that seeks us when we are in our dark places. Even in the midst of trials and tribulations, tragedies and waning triumphs we are to be a people who still have access to the light of God no matter the circumstances. For in fact this is David in the text. A man who loved God, yet suffered with so many ups and downs. David was in the waiting room, yet, he was not ready to give up.

While sitting in the waiting room, David declares Teach me Your way, O Lord, And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies. Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries; For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence (Psalm 27:11,12). I contend if you do not want to die in your waiting room you must first understand THE LORD NEEDS YOU TO BE COMFORTABLE AND COMPOSED IN THE PRESENCE OF YOUR ENEMIES. Some of us let our enemies, those folk who wish you no good, see us sweat too (too) often. Every time someone has hurt you, you can’t be the kind of person who walks around with a chip on your shoulders, a crick in your neck, or even a monkey on your back because in those situations you give your adversary power. David contends even in the presence of his enemies he is going to be cool, calm and collected. In our 21st century vernacular, David is saying, I am going to smile, even when my enemies are in the room; I am still going to work hard at my job even when I know my co-workers want me to fail; I am still going to bless God with all that is within me, even when the folk on my pew think it doesn’t take all of that; or rather, I’m still going to thank God even when it seems I should curse my situation.

David is testifying even in what seems to be the hardest of situations, God still can make it alright! Believers of the risen Savior ought not yearn to avoid their haters, but rather Believers (big “B” for emphasis) ought to welcome the presence of their enemies because even in those situations, God will bring God’s glory. Don’t ask to be delivered from the folk who said you weren’t going to make it. You ought to ask God to bless you in the company of the very folk who decided you would fail. Had it not already been said in Psalm 23, He is preparing a table for me in the presence of mine enemies (Psalm 23:5)? Ask yourself, why does my table have to be with my enemies? Because your enemies need to know what they thought was set to kill you has only blessed you!

After you come to terms with the idea of not dying in the waiting room, YOU ARRIVE AT THE GREAT(ER) KNOWLEDGE BECAUSE GOD HAS DONE IT BEFORE, GOD CAN SURELY DO IT AGAIN. The Psalmist begins to cry out, I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living (Psalm 27:13). I recall a member who to this day has left an indelible mark on my life and ministry. This particular member seemed to be sick more than she was well. She had went through so many surgeries, specialist appointments, treatments and doctor’s visits in her life. One day, while visiting with her in the hospital she made mention to me because of her condition the doctors said she was not supposed to have lived as long as she had. I could tell she felt a leaping in my spirit on that particular day because she went on to mention to me she was not worried about her present outcome. She said, as only she could state, “I’m making it today, because God healed me before…and if God did it before, I believe He will do it again.”

As tears of joy began to well in the base of my eyes, I drew a comparison of how David must have felt in Psalm 27. David is saying he would have given up/”lost heart” had it not known the power of his God to move in his situations. The circumstances of your present situation should not trump the power of God to turn things around for you. You ought to touch and agree, if God healed your body way back then, you are a witness God can do it all over again! If God opened a door for you in the past, what makes you think God won’t open a window, door, or ceiling for you today? I mean really, if God was able to bless your parents, why do you now doubt what God can do for you?

The psalmist was not hopeless, he was in his waiting room like so many of us find ourselves today. He closes the Psalm by saying, Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! (Psalm 27:14). Haven’t you heard, GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT? Many times we learn how to get our breakthroughs, we conquer our fears, and many of us can pray down heaven, but where so many fall short is not learning how to wait. David sets up the argument that while you are waiting, you don’t have time to give up on your hope. It is not your waiting that blesses you, it is actually after you wait that you receive the healing and strength you need.

If you’ve ever been to the hospital, you realize the waiting room of an ER can be one of the most chaotic places. Some people need immediate attention and some seem to be in a position where they can wait a little longer than the other. I am not certain how long you have been in your waiting room, however, I can assure you there is a doctor in the house, and I am to understand He has never lost a patient. Some call him Savior, others refer to him as Healer, His name is to be above every name, and His power is to be everlasting. If you need Him, call on Him (right now). The psalmist reminds us that after we waited on the Lord (and not people) we shall be strengthened in our hearts. Today is a good day for you to make the declaration, “I won’t die in this waiting room.” Oh, I may go a lot places, I may sing an innumerable amount of songs, but I will live and declare the goodness of God in the land of the living, this day, and forevermore!

Have an amazing week!

Pastor Jarrett Washington
www.jarrettwashington.com



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  1. Lois P says:

    What a Blessing…Omg What a Blessing I declare this day I will not die in
    My waiting room! And rest assure I will be sharing this
    Message so it can bless somebody else like it did me!

    Grace&Peace
    Lois

  2. Thelma Maxwell says:

    The Lord is good to those who wait for Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. Lord teach me how to wait on you.

  3. charlotte greene says:

    Thank you for a wonderful word to remind us that we will not die! EXCELLENT!

  4. Harith White says:

    thank you for this uplifting word! God is good “today”

  5. Learning to wait is a work of patience yielding undeniable joy.

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