Well, it seems that we are often waiting for something. Regardless of who you are or what you do for a living, chances are, you have to play the waiting game:
W A I T…
- for the traffic light to turn green if you’re the motorist (or red, if you’re the pedestrian)
- for the mail to come
- for the recess, break, weekend or vacation
- for the right partner in life
- for the birth of a child or grandchild
- for the adoption papers to come through
- for the healing of an injury
To me, waiting right now for companies to call me for the job offer or the result of my long application is not about doing nothing and brainlessly staring at the ceiling, watching TV programs or surfing on the net all day.
Unconscious waiting takes a lot of courage; it requires strength. As it goes, uncertainties and doubts may enter the mind. “Shall I give up, forego and search for another one, start anew, be contented, or simply hope for that well-deserved position to come my way?”
There are those who have the knack of pleasuring oneself, endure and utilize their time in a useful manner while waiting. I can be one of those but still, I super dislike waiting–when I’m not informed how long I have to wait. (Is this a weakness?) I prayed, God, please lift me up and answer my thought.
Waiting upon the Lord requires faith–faith that God is who He says He is and He is able to meet the need in question.
In the Bible, He tells us about His followers who had to wait a long time for the fulfillment of His promise.
- Abraham waited years for the birth of his son when his wife was already past the childbearing age.
- Joseph waited for the time he becomes reunited with his brothers and father (when he’s to be freed from prison).
- Moses waited in the wilderness for years to enter the promised land.
“What do I do now, Lord? I’m stuck and cannot seem to go forward.”
God does not waste His time–or ours. Every moment is precious. While Abraham was waiting for his son, he was learning more about God and his involvement in his life. While Joseph was serving undeserved jail time, he was strengthening his faith and his resolve to do what God wanted, no matter what.
While Moses dealt with the finicky Israelites, he discovered that he, too, had that element of selfishness in his own spirit. The waiting game can indeed be a great school master.
What we consider as an unfruitful time in our lives, God may see as a time of growth and preparation. Waiting is part of the process of being productive. A butterfly would not exist without having spent time in a cocoon as a caterpillar; a plant will not bear flowers or fruit without the seed having spent time in the ground.
I’d like to reassure myself that God is in control of the world and circumstances surrounding the lives of His children and that everything is part of His plan.
Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say on the Lord! (Psalm 27:14)
But those that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
Let Go and Let God
There’s a sacrament of waiting, a challenging calling that needs you to be a child again in order to live. When you finally allow God to be God, brace yourself for the surprises in store for you, for you will be like a child forever bewildered of how truly great He is.