“Floundering” was the word used by a friend last night to describe a group of people. As I returned home, I thought about the word and its definition.
“Floundering” is “to be unsure about what to do or say”. I think the focus of the definition would be on the word “unsure.”
The Disciples of Jesus were “floundering” just after the Ascension of Christ. There was joy that flooded their hearts and minds because of knowing that their Savior was alive and well, but there was also many questions and doubts. There were a mountain of unknowns combined with a valley of fear and doubt.
I flounder at times but I remember that I am “in process.” The Disciples were “in process.” The Disciples would become even greater servants of God, than they could have imagined. They were about to embark on individual journeys that would touch lives and fill history books with stories. They would soon be receiving the indwelling Holy Spirit as never before on the Day of Pentecost, which is described in Acts 2. But for a season the men that walked with Jesus were “floundering”.
During the time of “floundering” which is described in Acts 1, our Lord had carefully instructed that the Disciples were to “wait.” Waiting is hard to do, just like “Floundering” is a struggle. But waiting and even “floundering” gives God the time to work. Granted God is not limited by time. God can speak and cause change. However, God moves at a different pace then we do. He understands that as Gold is only refined by simmering over the heat for a time, will it melt and separate from its impurities. God uses time as a tool in our lives.
I have to remind myself of that truth over and over. While God can- God chooses to move with the essence of “Time,” even allowing me to “Flounder” for a while – and lean on Him. For He is working on me and I am becoming more of what He desires for me to be.
Gene Vincent is the Pastor of Beechland Baptist Church: 351 Beechland Road, Lewisburg, KY 42256.