Have you ever thought of how much of your life you spend waiting?
Waiting for Christmas, to go to high school, to get a driver’s license, to go to college, to get married, to have children.
Waiting for the baby to sleep through the night, to walk, to talk, to go to school, to get in the game, to graduate, to go to college to get married, to call you.
Waiting for the call, the job, the test results.
For all the current pep talks telling us to “live in the present,” I think it’s just human nature to be churning over something in our head that we're waiting for. David wrote a lot about waiting in the Psalms.
. . . for you I wait all the day long (25:5)
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! (27:14)
Wait for the Lord and keep his way (37:34)
Psalm 37 even tells us to not get angry and fret in our waiting. (I love that word – fret.)
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land. (37:7-9)
I tend to think of God in terms of power and action. I want God to heal someone, fix something, DO something. But maybe what God wants is our trust. So he asks us to wait, and trust him in our waiting. And believe that he is in control.
But waiting is hard.