The Waiting Room of Life

I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope. Psalm 130:5
When I was in high school, I spent good chunks of time waiting for my dad to pick me up–from school, from practice, from lessons. It all seemed such a waste. Once I learned how to drive, I had to wait for my turn to have the car.
I wasn’t good at waiting. I’m still not.
Waiting in line, in traffic–those times can be frustrating. Waiting for life events to unfold might be the hardest test of faith. We wait as a situation resolves itself, as someone else makes a decision we can’t control. That’s difficult. But that’s what makes us grow in Christ.
As Tish Harrison Warren writes, “Christians are people who wait . . . Christ has come and he will come again. We dwell in the meantime. We wait.”
Some of us just aren’t good at waiting.
At times, we don’t wait. We push ahead to our own peril.
We rush our choices. Then we live with the consequences of moving too fast, moving in our own time rather than God’s time.
Waiting is hard. Trusting is better.
God promises good things for those who wait, those who endure the uncertainty of the unknown, trusting Him for what’s best.
This time of year, children have a hard time waiting for Christmas. Through waiting, they learn patience. Waiting is valuable. When the long-awaited day arrives, the surprises it brings make anticipation and delayed gratification worthwhile.
Christ was the great surprise the world had been waiting for. He came unexpected, announced only to shepherds and foreign kings who recognized the sign of the star.
The world didn’t know what to do with the one they’d waited for but didn’t recognize.
If we’re waiting today, we can rely on Christ who came at just the right time in history to redeem us. We can trust Him through uncertainty.
He will make the wait worthwhile.
[T]hey who wait for 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

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