How much longer?

I’m not sure how many times I’ve heard this question in my life. When I became a parent, it seems that the question came at me more frequently than it did before kids. It became even more frequent a few years ago when our best friends moved almost 8 hours away! Because we make the dreaded drive to see them as often as we can, it never fails that I hear this question so many times that I eventually snap and say what every parent has said at some point…. “WE’LL GET THERE WHEN WE GET THERE”!!! This will usually buy me a good 15 minutes of peace and quiet before the question comes at me again.

The truth is, I can’t really blame my kids for their lack of patience. They come by it honestly enough. As with most parents, there are times when I’m not the most patient person in the world. I’m the guy that walks into a restaurant and will come right back out if the wait is too long. I’ve also been known to yell at a slow driver on more than one occasion.

I think if we were all honest, most of us would say that we have a hard time waiting for anything. In our fast-paced world where almost anything we want is only moments away, patience is becoming a virtue that is much harder to find than it was 20 years ago.

The problem is we serve a God who says things like this:

“Do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Hebrews 6:12

As a pastor, I’ve seen this time and time again. People may have faith, but forfeit their promise and their destiny because they ran out of patience.

I know sometimes it feels like you’re never going to get there; like you’re never going to see that dream become a reality. Don’t throw in the towel. Don’t walk out on your destiny. Don’t turn around now. Keep going, keep pushing forward, keep waiting! I promise – you’ll be there before you know it.

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9

-Bryan Sparks


Hello God. Are you still there?

Siri is my best friend when I travel, but she can also be my greatest enemy.

The idea of Siri is truly wonderful: you tell your iPhone where you want to go, and Siri gives you step by step directions to get there. But sometimes, I have a hard time trusting Siri. When she’s silent for more than a few seconds, I panic that I might have missed my turn, that I might be on the wrong path, that I’ll be late to my destination! So I will continually check the phone screen to make sure I haven’t missed anything. As much as I want to trust Siri, something in the back of my mind worries that she will forget about me.

A lot of people treat God like I treat Siri. We worry that we are going to miss a step that God intends for us to make. We ask God for big destinies, and we pray and ask God to equip us and get us there. But as we go through daily life, it’s easy to begin to wonder: Did God forget about me? Did I miss a crucial step?  Hello God. Are you still there?

I want to encourage you to remain hopeful and attentive. Like Siri, often times God will only start speaking when it is time to take action. Be reassured that when it’s time for you to take that next step, God will be faithful to speak and tell you what to do! You are not forgotten from God’s plan! He knows exactly where you are, and He is going to be faithful to get you to where you’re going!

-Crystal Sparks