Friday, June 2, 2017

Hurry Up and Wait (feat. Travis Greene's "You Waited")

Gospel artist and pastor Travis Greene's new single "You Waited" has been stuck in my head since it was released on May 12th. I learn lyrics super fast, so the first time I heard it, I was pretty much already singing along with it by the chorus. For the past few weeks, I've caught myself singing, "And You, / You waited for me, / Just for me..." without even thinking about it. I love music so much, I often find myself learning the lyrics to songs just to sing them. There's a difference between just knowing the words to a song and actively listening to it. Actively listening to music, especially gospel, requires feeling it as well. When I stopped singing along and allowed myself to feel the lyrics, they hit me like a ton of bricks.

Travis Greene - "You Waited" single artwork / Amazon

Verse 1:

You came out of Your way

You sat down to speak to me

What amazing grace

That You've shown,

So patiently

God does not have to speak to us at all. He chooses to extend Himself to us because He's gracious, and since His thoughts are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9), He waits patiently for us to process what He's saying. He deposits things inside of us and waits for us to use what He's given us for His glory.

Verse 2:

You called out my name

Knew my past

Covered my shame

This amazing grace

You've shown,

So patiently

You've shown,

So patiently

God knows exactly who we are because He created us. In spite of all the sins we've committed and all the wrong we've done, He calls on us to use our past experiences, especially those we deem shameful, as a testimony to bring people to Him. However, because we are human, pride, embarrassment, fear of being judged, fear of not being accepted, not being good enough etc., gets in the way and we ask God to wait until we are ready to share our stories and gifts.

Our gifts will always be there, right? We can choose to use them whenever we're ready. WRONG. The same way God gave you the gift, He can take it away if He sees it laying dormant. We sometimes forget that our gifts are not our own. It's not up to us to choose when we're ready to use them (Besides, if we wait until we are completely "ready," we'll never use them!). We're always asking God to do things for us, and whether we want to admit it or not, we expect Him to do them on our time. When we don't get what we want right away, we subconsciously yell, "Hurry up, God! Do it now!" How can we ask so much of Him while we're being stingy by keeping our gifts to ourselves? God was gracious enough to give them to us, the least we can do is give them back to Him.

Testimony time: In my sophomore year of college, I started writing poetry. I wrote poems consistently almost every day, but I didn't know what to do with them. Since I believe that, in the words of Aristotle, "We are what we repeatedly do," I was calling myself a poet, but only in private. I knew there was a spoken word group on campus, but I thought, I'm new to this. Nobody wants to hear my work. What if everyone else's poems are better than mine? In the midst of my doubt, I heard a voice loud and clear that had to be the voice of God, I gave it to you for a reason. Use it. He didn't have to tell me what "it" was. I quietly went to the first Can-I-Poet meeting fall semester of my junior year, and as the weeks and months went by, I felt more and more comfortable sharing my work with the group. By fall of senior year, I was ready to perform.

I chose a piece I'd written called "Ode to a Dark-Skinned Girl," about the underappreciation of dark-skinned black women in society. As soon as I took the microphone, it felt like my heart was about to beat out of my chest. My legs were reduced to spaghetti, and I was shaking like a leaf, but I DID IT. I read a poem in front of an audience for the first time, and afterwards I almost felt silly for being so nervous. Everyone really liked it. That night, two other "dark-skinned girls" I had never met before came up to me with tears in their eyes. One of them said, "Thank you. Your poem was everything I've been trying to put into words for a long, long, time. It made me feel beautiful." The voice in my head said, See? I told you so.

"And You, / You waited for me / Just for me..." That was two years ago, but I still remember it like it was yesterday. That moment moved me in a way I can't explain. God waits for us to use our gifts because He knows there are people who need to hear His voice through us. Stop making God wait. Stop sitting on your gift and answer when you hear His call. Don't wait for the right moment, the perfect time, next year, or even tomorrow. His timing is always perfect. It might feel uncomfortable at first. You might not feel ready yet, but do it now, even if you have to do it afraid. There's somebody out there who needs your gift right now. Seek God and ask Him where and how to use it.


  1. Once again Siobhan has written a powerful blog lifting up the name of Jesus. Hurry up and wait(feat.Travis Greene "You Waited"), was well written and spoke directly to me personally about how we sit back and don't use the gifts that God has blessed us with because we (I) don't think that I am ready to act on the gift yet, so I just keep putting it off and expecting God to wait patiently for me to overcome my hangup. But what I seem to forget is that He was Hung Up for my Hang Ups. So, I am so glad that He is not like man, who would say hurry up and make up your mind. But instead "He waited" just for me. I pray that more people will support Siobhan McIntyre and help her share the good news about Jesus through her blog; www.musicmessagemessiah.

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  3. Siobhan from the moment you learned to read and write you have been a story teller. God has given you an insightful gift... the gift of writing with a purpose.