I think God builds waiting into His plan for our life. I think it might even be one of the holiest experiences we can have on earth.
- I think of Moses waiting at the shore of the Red Sea for God to make a way.
- I think of Ruth waiting to glean discards in the field.
- I think of David waiting for his son to be healed.
- I think of Esther waiting for the to appointed hour to enter the king’s chamber.
- I think of Joshua waiting for the walls to fall.
- I think of Hannah pleading with God, as she waited for a miracle.
- I think of Elijah waiting for fire from Heaven.
- I think of Sarah plotting her own way, instead of waiting for God’s promise.
- I think of Daniel waiting for the lions to fall asleep.
- I think of Mary suffering scorn, as she awaited her Savior’s birth.
At those times when we are given room to wait, let’s be sure not squander them. Let’s not regret that we have a waiting room to occupy, but let’s use it. Don’t plead with the Lord to end it, but recognize what a rare gift it is to be invited to wait on Him.
To wait with Him.
It is an exclusive opportunity that in one instant will end. The waiting will be over.
Until then, let’s attune our ear to His voice. Learn to listen. Learn His ways. Practice trusting Him.
Trust Him more.
Instead of filling our waiting room with busy work or mindlessness—entertainment, diversions, speculation—let’s spend it wisely. Rest on His promises. Trust in His presence. Pray. Worship. Seek. Practice patience; remain faithful. Learn His comms.
Waiting on the Lord is never, ever in vain.