The Waiting Game

by Sharon Wilharm @SharonWilharm

By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.                                                                         Hebrews 11:31 NKJV

I remember the first time I stood behind a podium to speak to an audience. I was a ninth grader, chosen to introduce the speakers at the morning session of the Florida Baptist Acteens Cometogether. How excited I’d been to sit in the green room, making small talk with Barbara Joiner, the “Cookie Crumble Lady”, and Julie and Johnny, a ventriloquist act. Then the time finally came for me to leave the green room, walk the three feet to the wooden podium, and wait while the speakers settled themselves in the stiff chairs on either side of the stage.

Something happened in those steps between the back of the stage to the podium. As I looked out at the crowd of teen girls and their leaders, a peace came over me. I smiled as a younger girl on the front row snapped my picture. In that moment, I knew that this was my happy place, that the stage was where I was destined to be, and that someday I would be the one sitting in the stiff chair on the side of the stage while someone else introduced me.

The only problem: I was fourteen-years-old, and no one has any interest in hearing what a fourteen-year-old has to say. So I waited. And waited. Praying that God would give me wisdom that I might share as a speaker. But even though He’d open up opportunities to speak here and there, mostly He just said, “Wait. It’s not time yet.”

For forty years I waited, and just about the time He began opening the doors to the opportunities I’d dreamed of, Covid-19 hit. Fortunately, those forty years were not spent waiting in vain. God has taken me on so many side journeys better than I ever imagined, each one preparing me for the next role. I know He’s got me right where I’m supposed to be, so I can wait it out and see what it is He has for me to be doing right here where He’s placed me.

Rahab also had to wait for God. We have no idea how long Rahab had searched for the truth. How frustrated she must have been as she listened to reports about the Israelites and their God and wondered if she would ever be allowed to join them.

But when the Hebrew spies showed up at her door, she was ready. As soon as she had them safely hidden on her roof, she pleaded her case, and when the walls of Jericho came tumbling down, Rahab and her family were whisked to safety outside the camp of Israel. She went on to marry a godly man, raise a godly son, and ultimately be a part of the lineage of Christ.

Rahab was stuck in a place she didn’t want to be, but it turned out to be exactly where she needed to be. God sent His messengers straight to her, and because of where she was situated on the city walls, she was able to deliver them back to safety. They needed her as much as she needed them.

It’s easy to get frustrated waiting for God’s timing. We may feel like He’s forgotten us. We may be tempted to jump ahead and take matters in our own hands. But if we put our trust in Him, He will deliver us. And when He does, it will be so much better than anything we imagined.

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About the author: Christian speaker Sharon Wilharm is a women’s ministry leader, popular media guest, and award-winning female filmmaker whose feature films have impacted audiences around the globe. An accomplished storyteller, Sharon draws the audience in with humor, engages them with stories, then ties everything together to bring to light spiritual truths. Her heart’s desire is to encourage women in their walk with the Lord, showing them how to find God’s will for their life through prayer and scripture. 

Sharon’s movie Summer of ’67 is a Vietnam War love story told from the perspective of

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the women left behind. Sharon’s dad was aboard the USS Forrestal when it caught fire on July 29, 1967. She grew up listening to her parents talking about the Vietnam War, and wanted to pass along to younger generations the experiences and sacrifices made by the men and women of the 1960’s while reminding all audiences that God is bigger than whatever comes our way. 

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Bulldozer Mom

by Sharon Wilharm @SharonWilharm

We’ve all heard the term helicopter mom. It’s used to describe those parents who hover too closely over their children, working to the extreme to protect their kids from experiencing failure or harm. As the homeschooling mom of an only child, I wouldn’t say I was a helicopter mom. No, I went way beyond that. Instead, I’m afraid I was more of a bulldozer mom, pushing my way in front of my child to pave the way for her, then standing between her and anyone or anything that might cause her discomfort.

At the time, I thought I was helping her. Eventually, however, God got my attention and showed me that I needed to back away. In my efforts to protect my daughter, I had totally taken God out of the equation. As her Mama Bear, I felt it was up to me to make sure no harm came to my young one.

I had forgotten that she was not just my child. She was God’s child. And as hard as it was for me to comprehend, He loved her even more than I did.

Once I loosened my grip and gave her to the Lord, she was able to grow in ways she’d not been able to before. God had amazing work in store for her, but I had to relax my grip in order for her to go where God was calling.

As a mother, Jochebed was quite the opposite of me. She had every reason to hold tight to her newborn. The king was trying to kill all the baby boys, so she hid her precious son as long as she could. But the time came when she had to step out in faith and put him in God’s hands.

She carefully put together a basket made of reeds, placed her sweet baby boy in it, and shoved him off into the Nile River. I can only imagine the prayers she sent forth as she watched the basket weaving its way down the river towards Pharaoh’s palace. And God answered her prayers, working out all the details for Jochebed to not only get to care for and nurse her baby boy, but to get paid to do so.

Then the time came again for her to give him up, this time for good. Once he was weaned, Jochebed took Moses to the palace where he was to remain for the rest of his growing up years and early adulthood.

I’m sure that in Jochebed’s plans for her son’s life, she never imagined co-parenting with an Egyptian princess, but look at how God used each of these women to impact his life. Jochebed provided the spiritual training, teaching him the ways of our Lord. But Pharaoh’s daughter also helped mold him, providing him a quality education and influence. God knew that Moses needed more than just one Hebrew mom. He needed the influence of both women in order to fulfill the mighty task God had in store for him.

How often do we think we know what our children need, when in reality, we have no clue? Fortunately for Moses, Jochebed was strong in her faith and trusted God with her beloved son. She allowed God to work in ways that made no sense to her, but took life day by day in obedience to Him even when that meant handing her precious child over to a pagan princess.

We, too, need to trust Him even when we don’t understand what He’s doing.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”     Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV

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Sharon Wilharm headshotAbout the author: Sharon Wilharm is a female filmmaker, Christian speaker, and ministry leader and podcast host. Sharon’s motion pictures have screened in theaters, festivals, and churches around the world. She’s been recognized with the “Shibboleth Award for Visionary Leadership in the Field of Christian Filmmaking”, four ICVM Crown Awards, and dozens of “Best Director”, “Best Writer”, and “Best of Fest” awards. She is a popular guest on radio, television, and podcast shows. You can learn more about Sharon at her websiteFacebookTwitter, or Instagram.All God's Women | Sharon Wilharm - Christian Storyteller

Sharon’s podcast All God’s Women is a journey through the Bible one woman at a time. She brings to life their stories and shares,  life lessons from each of the ancient women, applying them to our modern day lives.

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