While a woman is in labor, family and friends have to wait. A man had a biopsy and now has to wait for the results. A student waits for summer vacation or graduation day. Christmas seems to take forever for a young child waiting for Santa to arrive. None of us can escape this component in life. There are waiting periods within each season, isn’t there?
While some waiting times are short, others can have us waiting days, months or perhaps years. Did you know, that God has orchestrated these lingering moments for a purpose? Don’t we tend to think that God has forgotten us or we question if He really knows what He is doing? For me, I doubt myself. Did I hear you right Lord? Am I seeing this clearly? And unfortunately, anxiety sets in. Waiting brings out hidden expectations that I did not realize were lurking within me.
Expectations cause disappointments. I like to be organized and have my ducks in a row. I like things black and white but much of life resides in a gray area where there are choices to be made and people have their opinions about things. In my mind, I rehearse how things should be. I like to be prepared. Since I can’t control others or God, I try my best at controlling my surroundings. I know I am not alone in this. We all like control and we develop expectations of how things should be.
As we continue on our journey to becoming united with God and each other, we are learning that God is for us and is never against us; read Romans 8:31. He hears and sees us all the time; read 1 John 5:14-15. His love is a faithful love which endures the test of time; read 1 Corinthians 13:7. We are learning to give our lives over to Him and allow Him to lead us. While Christ promises us His presence and His abundant resources, He doles out from His treasury when we are ready. Thus, He places us in waiting rooms to prepare us.
In the waiting room, we discover how dependent we need to be on God. Waiting rooms cause us to strengthen our prayer time. When all we have is to look up, we begin to see. We see Christ. Our trust deepens and we begin to share more and more of ourselves with God. God beams with pride as we trust in Him. John 15:5 becomes clearer and clearer. Look it up and see! Google “scripture on trusting God” to learn more.
While we are made to be dependent on our Creator, we have to live in these earthly shells that are scarred with sin. Thus, we endure a battle zone between following God and following our own ways. We tend to hold onto expectations and we discover that what we thought we wanted or how God should answer us does not line up with reality and disappointments ensue.
We forget. We forget that God is in control. We forget that God knows what He is doing. We are to fit into His plan. It is never the other way around! We forget our place in His Story. We forget because we want to be our own gods, make our own decisions and do our own thing. We want time to be on our side and react to our bidding. Thus, we are disappointed in God. “God, where are you?” “God, do you even see me?” “God, what are you doing?”
Confusion, doubt and despair creep in and we lose our footing and focus. Do I dare say that we get mad at God? “How dare you allow me to endure this!” “Why me?” “When will this end?” “Haven’t I suffered long enough?” “I pray and pray and pray, yet you are not doing anything about it!” We get derailed by wrong attitudes.
So, what do we do? 1. We need to repent and turn back to God. In His faithfulness, He is waiting for us. Our focus needs to get realigned. 2. We need to keep learning and growing and maturing in Christ. When one has a strong foundation built, one answers like Peter in John 6:68-69. “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. We believe and we know You are the Holy One of God.” Knowing Christ intimately will help us to get back on track sooner. 3. We need to seek, with all our might, the One who leads us. We need to be in the Bible daily seeking Christ, letting the Holy Spirit lead us. We are developing personal relationships with Christ. Nothing else matters.
If we embark on living out these three steps, we will be able to withstand the waiting rooms. God will lift us up and encourage us. He will reframe our mindsets to be refocused, on Him. When that happens, we become hopeful and have an energy that keeps us going. We go from glory to glory. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 says, “But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord, who is the Spirit, makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.”
Until God takes us home, we will be placed in many waiting rooms. Now we know what we need to be doing to get ready for them and when we are in a waiting time, we know what to do! We can have a right attitude that God is working on our behalf and that He truly knows what He is doing! Stay the course my friends.