Several years ago there was a movie called Searching for Bobby Fischer, about a chess whiz kid named Josh Waitzkin. In one scene, the chess tutor gives Josh a scenario and tells him, “Don’t move until you see it.”
He was telling Josh, “There is victory for you in this situation. It’s several steps away, but it’s there. See it in your mind before you make your next move.”
We need that wisdom in our own lives. Don’t just run charging into a situation. Wait. Listen. Observe. See what is ahead. Then, move.
That is Jesus’ instruction to the disciples before he ascends to heaven.
49 Look, I’m sending to you what my Father promised, but you are to stay in the city until you have been furnished with heavenly power. (Luke 24:49, CEB)
We just aren’t good at waiting. We need to see what the Father has for us, but so often we plunge ahead. We are more like Saul in the Old Testament. Who has time to wait for the old prophet to show up? Why wait for what God has that is best when we know what is good.
We allow the good to rob us of the best.
We need to move out into uncharted waters. We need to get to a place where we can’t do it on our own.
“Will God ever ask you to do something you are not able to do? The answer is yes–all the time! It must be that way, for God’s glory and kingdom. If we function according to our ability alone, we get the glory; if we function according to the power of the Spirit within us, God gets the glory. He wants to reveal Himself to a watching world.”
― Henry T. Blackaby, Experiencing the Spirit: The Power of Pentecost Every Day
We need the power of the Spirit in our lives. But don’t think that’s something you can control. If you can control it, it’s not God.
Wait for power. Wait for the presence of God. Don’t move until you get it.