Many years ago during a flight to Atlanta Georgia, the pilot made an announcement over the PA system that due to heavy airport traffic, the flight would be in a holding pattern for 30 minutes. I remember looking out the window seeing planes crisscross the skies below waiting for their turn to land.
Holding patterns are defined as circular patterns flown by aircraft awaiting clearance to land at a busy airport. The duration of each holding pattern is depended upon the volume of air traffic coming into or leaving the airport. Failure to a hare to holding patterns could spell disaster for similar flights if the pilot does not follow orderly air traffic protocol. Other definitions describe a holding pattern as a state of inaction with no progress and no change. It’s safe to say waiting is the main ingredient here.
At the time I didn’t thing much of it. However, as the years have progressed, the term “holding pattern” has become an intimate part of my life. Over the years I’ve come to realize how God directs our lives in a holding pattern for various reasons. Those reasons may be a need to mature, develop new skills or perhaps to nurture relationships. Whatever the case may be, God has a reason for the holding pattern of your life.
Jesus experienced holding patterns in His life from infancy to adulthood. What’s more important is Jesus understood the value of holding patterns. In John 2:4 Jesus told his mother, “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” Mary knew that Jesus was God in the flesh and the creator of the universe. Thus, making a little wine for the wedding was nothing more than child’s play. However, Jesus knew His steps were being directed by the Lord for a set time and purpose (Proverbs 20:24).
What holding pattern does God have you in now? Are you following Jesus’ example of obedience and trusting for God’s timing. Or perhaps you’re tired of waiting and want your moment now. Learn to wait on God’s timing for your life. He wants to give you His best which is exceedingly more than all we can ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us (Ephesians 3:20).
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