Last night I was on night watch with my youngest son. Most of you know what this is, but just in case you have not had the experience ~ night watch is caring for someone who is ill during the sleep hours. Aaron has severe asthma and fortunately it has been well controlled since his last severe attack in October of 2007. Last night around 10PM he started coughing which is a red flag to begin his breathing treatments. To our dismay his nebulizer would not work so Todd and I made the decision that Aaron would sleep in our room so that I could watch him during the night. I was very attentive so that I could hear every breath he made.
This morning I was reading in Habakkuk 2 and was struck by vs. 1: I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart. And I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me. This guard post means the same as a watch tower and it implies that Habakkuk waited on the Lord. Waiting is an act that most leaders dislike. We learn in this book that leaders must learn to cherish the waiting time before they get their answers. We learn in Habakkuk that:
- Not everything that happens conforms to God’s will and wishes
- Nothing that happens gets overlooked by God
- Everything that happens will one day be addressed with justice
- Nothing that happens should distract us from continuing to respond faithfully
Only when we listen will we hear what God wants to say to us.