Waiting isn't easy...
Waiting... we are forced to do it all the time and if we are honest, none of us likes it. "Normal" life is hard enough - waiting in traffic, waiting for the Dr. to call back, waiting for Christmas, waiting for dinner to be ready. At times, waiting is synonymous with frustration!
And now, in the midst of a pandemic, we are forced into an even more difficult time of waiting. When will life return to "normal?" When can we get back to work? When can I visit my family and friends again? When will we be able to meet in person at church again? Waiting, waiting, waiting... frustration setting in, depression and despair not too far away. Waiting is HARD!
We are reminded that waiting has always been a part of having a relationship with God. While we may not be good at waiting, God is fantastic at it. In fact, one of the most phenomenal of God's character traits is his patience! He waited until "just the right time" to send His Son. He has been patient with our short-comings and our fickleness. He has been patient with our rebellion against Him. He has been patient in our ignoring His guiding presence. God is good at waiting.
If waiting is a desirable characteristic for God, then certainly, if should be something we work on. Waiting brings growth, waiting grows our faith, faith grows our hope, hope grows our love! In the midst of the hard times waiting, allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through you. Allow this time to be God time... which will certainly help this become a Good time for us and our relationship with Him..
The Lord isn't really being slow about His promise, as some people think. No, He is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. (2 Peter 3:9)
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. The will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. The will walk and will not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
Dear Brothers and Sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. (James 1:2-4)
"If the Lord Jehovah makes us wait, let us do so with our whole hearts; for blessed are all they that wait for Him. He is worth waiting for. The waiting itself is beneficial to us: it tries faith, exercises patience, trains submission, and endears the blessing when it comes. The Lord's people have always been a waiting people." (Charles Spurgeon)
On the Saturday of Holy Week, we collected images of "waiting" from our congregation. Below those images are shared with the song "Linger/'Tis So Sweet." Please give it a listen! We've also shared the favorite old hymn, "Just a Closer Walk with Thee."
David E. Payne