As I’ve read my bible lately it has come to me that God wants us to wait. The Israelites waited 40 years, Moses had a wait of 80 years, Jesus prayed and waited for 40days and 40 nights. After Jesus rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, Jesus told the disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit. As Christians we are called to hope. Hold on to hope. (Hebrews 10:23) And holding on often means…waiting.
We are living in a world that is more and more…automatic response.
A phone call isn’t what it used to be. As a young mother, I would wait for Saturday mornings to make long distance phone calls home as they were very expensive during the week. When a call went unanswered, there were no answering machines, no caller ID. I tried again later. No texting. Just waiting.
If I needed information for a school project. I didn’t have Internet Explorer…I went to the library, searched for the right book or encyclopedia. Read, and read, and read until I found my answer. No google. It was a process, a waiting process.
My grandmother was hours away. We waiting anxiously to see her on holidays. I missed her, and was so excited to see her face as she drove into the driveway. Now, Bella just uses her Ipad and Facetimes me. We can see each other every day.
Photographs…my the world has changed! We would take the picture, drop the roll of film off at the local drugstore, and wait a week for it to be processed.
I hope that in this day of instant everything, we haven’t lost the ability to wait. To trust and rest in the knowing that God is taking care of all…in His time. Often it is the wait…the trusting…the excitement that builds in knowing the answer is coming…that time of hope…where we grow the most.
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
My prayer for you…hope, rest, wait…and know that God is working in you as you do.