We seem to be always waiting for something in this life…waiting to grow up, waiting for a spouse, waiting for a baby, grandbaby, waiting to retire, etc. Each hour of each day for every year of our lives we wait in traffic, wait in line, wait to hear about a job, a decision, a prayer request or something else. Some days we are waiting to get somewhere, to get something or find out news. We wait for good news, bad news, and sometimes we are just waiting, waiting, waiting for ANY news!
Life as a stay-at-home mom or hard-working professional can be tough and we’re just waiting for the day to end. Some nights are torturous as we’re waiting to see what the morning will bring. But what happens when whatever it is we’re waiting for drags on for longer than just the hours of the day and night? What if our waiting lasts days, months, or even years without an indication of when the wait will end?
And what about the ultimate wait, more than just days, months and years, but a lifetime of waiting for that final release? As Christians, sometimes this waiting can be the most long and tiresome wait of all. Our weary souls long for heaven’s rest and to be reunited in eternity with our Maker. Like Paul wrote in the New Testament, “We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing.” (2 Corinthians 5:2) I yearn to shed this tired, flawed body and leave this sinful, tragic world to experience the perfect life He intended for us in His presence.
With all this waiting and our impatience to get where we’re going, to see what we want to see and have the release from this life that our soul longs for, is there a way to have peace in the wait? To see God’s grace in the waiting?
No matter how long we are here on earth, there is purpose in our presence. God has a plan for every single minute of the life He has allotted us. He gives us a great commission; there are things to do, souls to touch and a magnificent God to glorify through our lifetime of waiting here for either our release or His return. Can it be then, that He also has a plan for us even in the mundane, hour-by-hour, day-to-day waiting of this life?
What kinds of things is He teaching us as we wait to grow up, wait for a spouse, a baby, grandbaby, or retirement? Whose lives are we touching, impacting, BETTERING as we wait in traffic or in a line? How are we exalting Him while waiting to hear about a job, a decision, a prayer request, or good or bad news?
The next time you are waiting, no matter what for, whether it is for mere seconds or many years, stop and think about the purpose in that wait. Is there a message He is trying to convey? Is there a lesson He wants us to learn? If we take the time during our wait to listen, to really HEAR Him, perhaps then and only then will we be able to glimpse the reason for our wait and maybe even discover the gift of His grace in the waiting.
“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.” Psalm 39:7