This title may confuse some of you for the way it’s worded. When I think of waiting in line, I think of amusement parks, grocery store lines, etc. But there’s a lot more depth to this simple question than you think. This question of “Who are you in line for?” really stuck out to me last night at a church service I attended called The Belonging. It was an excellent service with intense worship and a powerful message; I highly recommend attending if you haven’t before! The speaker started by describing a dream she had recently where she felt God ask her who she is in line for. As anyone would be, she described her confusion by this question and the way God presented it to her in her dream.
The speaker went on to say how much this question boggled her mind and made her realize what God was really trying to get across to her. It’s so easy for us as Christians to get caught up in our own lives, aspirations and dreams and forget who the real motive is. The phrase “all the glory goes to God” says it quite perfectly. We are undoubtedly entitled to accomplish our goals and be successful, but remembering the reason of why/how we even got to that point is so important. God provides, guides and satisfies. He gets us to where we need to be and always answers our prayers within His will.
Considerably, we all get caught up with our busy lives and what we’re onto next, and we don’t always stop and think: does this glorify God? We are all guilty of getting wrapped up in this life, and that’s OK. It is important though, to stop and think who we’re in line for: The Almighty One, or ourselves.
Another point the speaker touched on was “Staying in line”. Imagine you’re at an amusement park and you’re in line for the newest roller coaster. The line is obviously crazy long, but you decide to wait anyway. An hour and a half have already passed, you’re hungry, thirsty and tired and you decide to forget it. Later in the day, before you and your friends are about to leave, one of them suggests to ride the coaster from earlier before you go. The line doesn’t look any shorter, but your friends really think it’s worth it. Yes, you can get back in line, but you have to start all over again. When you’re tempted to get out of line, you’re forgetting the reason and worth of what you’re waiting for. This is like our walk with God. There will be many times in your life when you want to say forget it and do your own thing instead of following God’s plan because life is getting too difficult, and maybe you have no idea what God could possibly have in store for you. Yes, you are always welcomed back on the path with God, since He is forgiving and His love is unconditional. But just like the line for the roller coaster, you have to start all over.
The speaker made that analogy during her message, and at first it bothered me. Why would we have to start all over if we fall off the path of God, if He is supposedly so forgiving? Well, if we’re straying off the path of God and what He wants for us, but then decide to go back, it’s difficult to naturally pick up where we left off… Especially with reading His word, making time for your relationship with Him, and turning our life around.
All in all, what we need to hear isn’t always easy to hear necessarily. The speaker’s message stuck with me so much mostly because it wasn’t just fluffy, encouraging words. As much as we need those too, it’s valuable to be reminded of words like these. So, stay in line. You probably won’t regret it.
Who are you in line for?