Just a few facts: Have you noticed how waiting makes us “tight?” Hard to squeeze anything into the tight space we leave in ourselves, 😉
Average wait time per day: 45 to 65 minutes
Average wait for a 70 year life span: 3 years
BibleGateway.com search revealed 142 key word results for “wait” from Genesis to Jude
Light Waiting??? Traffic? We hope they clear the accident soon, do we even think about the injured? Grocery Store? We hope we beat that person with a full buggy into the line! Drive Through Service? We hope all the people stuffed in the car ahead of us did not place an order! Pumping Gas? We hope this is a quick fill up! Water Boiling yet? We hope we can get dinner on the table before the cranky, tired crew rolls in. Your computer slows down? We hope turning if off and on again will make it a quick fix! Phone line busy? We hope we remember to try and call back. Line at the Post Office? We hope that niece we never met will appreciate the wait we had to mail her a doll she outgrew last year. Red Traffic Light? We hope to squeeze through a yellow one. Broken traffic light, officer directing car through? We don’t hope, our head demands, it’s my turn. Your car is in the shop? We hope they fix it since this is the 3rd time for same issue. Line at drive in pharmacy pick up and the line is so long, you feel like you are going to die of a common cold before you can get to the window 🙂 We hope we feel better, like yesterday. Why don’t they text back immediately? We don’t hope here either, it’s immediate feedback or nothing. All these try our patience, and on a “bad” day. . .I’ve seen church members get outdone when a handicapped van slowed their entrance down. I’m not judging, but I think we are to ask ourselves. . .How do we wait on the “little things?” I’m going to be pretty direct, one day in a rushed state, I heard God say, “You sure are taking yourself pretty seriously. Is the world gonna fall down if you are a few minutes behind or you don’t get that last task done?” Can we make it Kingdom time? With grace or a smile or let someone in front of you at the grocery store (especially if they have kids), turn on a Worship song and watch the light turn green “fast,” pray for the car in front of you at the pharmacy, maybe they are fighting for their life while you fight the “common cold.” Roll down your window and tell the officer directing traffic, thank you. We don’t really need “hope” but we use that word in these circumstances don’t we? I do! Is it hope or just a shift in perspective we need in our fast paced world?
How different would God’s world be if we invested those minutes with Kingdom value?
Heavy Waiting??? The doctor has not called back with the test results and now you have to wait over the weekend :(. Your child is an hour late getting home. Your husband said he would call when he got to the out of town conference. Your getting a three hour long CT Scan. Your child is running a fever and you are waiting for the office to open in the morning to make an appointment. Your spouse is in the hospital in pain and it will take the meds 20 minutes to ease his suffering. Your baby is in surgery. You are in an accident and waiting for an ambulance. The hurricane is barreling down right on top of your city. Waiting to tell your wife you’ve lost your job. Or tell your husband, your child is in jail. I feel sick to my stomach over any of these. These are the “waits” that turn every minute into sheer torture. Oh, the pain, waiting can bring, until we feel like we are coming out of our skins. I don’t do “heavy waits” well. Oh, how I try. I hear the call, I feel the Truth of waiting “in hope”. . .not with hope, not on hope, not through hope, but inside hope for the Lord. He is gonna show up in hope. God is going to show himself in the way of hope. Jesus is going to give life in the way of hope. The Holy Spirit is going to comfort and instruct in the way of hope.
So, now I leave you with a question, the same question I wrestle with. . .Can we allow God to define “hope?” Can we wait in hope for the Lord when feel our hearts pound out fear? Can we wait in hope for the Lord when time stands still? Can we wait in hope for the Lord when we feel like an elephant is sitting on our chest? I believe we can and will wait in hope, yet still have feelings.
The “wait” of my Kingdom life is about “hope” in my Lord, not what I feel.
Abba Father, Help us to wait in the light and the heavy things. We want to make Kingdom investments with our daily moments in a shift of perspective. We want to make Kingdom investments with our “waits” in your hope. We grow only though your hand. Amen