I live in the Sunshine State! Tourist Haven…Disney World, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, Sea World just to name a few. So many places, so little time (and so little money! 🙁 ) We have, on occassion, indulged ourselves and our girls in trips to these wonderlands. So. Much. Fun! Except for one thing…waiting in the long lines to experience those rides, displays, and yummy treats.
Once we went to Disney World on a cloudy, rainy day. Guess what? No lines! We bought ponchos and breezed onto each attraction with almost no waiting. There was no thunder or lightning, so all of the rides were open and safe, and it wasn’t as hot as usual, either. We had a great time!
Yeah, waiting is hard sometimes. Recently, a lady in the doctor’s waiting room had a major meltdown because they took me before her…(she wasn’t even seeing the same person, but we arrived after her.) Oh, I get it! I’ve been in a tizzy a few times myself, especially if someone shoves in front of me in the grocery line. Sometimes I am not so good at waiting…..(sigh)
There all kinds of waiting. Waiting for a bus, train, or plane.
Not quite so bad, because, after all there IS a bus schedule, or train schedule, right? Have you noticed that waiting is not so much of a problem if you have a “device” with you such a smart phone, a tablet, or an e-reader? It helps to be occupied, doesn’t it? But what if it is going to be a long wait? Like this one:
Nine long months before the joy of that little package from heaven! But, oh, so worth it.
The Bible mentions waiting 137 times! maybe we had better take a look at what God says about waiting.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
….blessed are all they that wait for him. Isaiah 30:18b
Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. Psalm 27:14
For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Habakkuk 2: 3
And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ. 2Thessalonians 3:5
So here we are waiting…waiting ….waiting… Some days I think I’d like to find a field and go out to watch the eastern sky to see if Jesus is coming today! You know there is not really anything wrong with a heart that longs to see Him, but He had some parables for His followers about what they should be doing while He was away. In Luke 19: 12-27 Jesus tells the story of the servants who were trusted with an amount of money, and told to “Occupy till I come.” They were expected to do something with what they were entrusted…to make an increase for the owner. They were expected to be about the master’s business.
There is a further meaning for the word “wait” that we haven’t discussed. It is what a “waiter” does. It means taking an order, filling it, and delivering it to the patron. Waiting on someone, fulfilling their request. Are we “waiting on the Lord” in this sense? Are we asking what He wants and hurrying to do His bidding? Bringing Him what He has asked?
And don’t forget that He has said that when we have done good to the least of those around us we have ministered to HIM. It gives a whole other dimension to the idea of waiting, doesn’t it?
There is a lot of buzz out there right now about the times in which we are living. All kinds of conjectures, opinions, and prophetic words about what is going to happen and when. One thing I know for sure: “Until the daybreak and shadows flee, and I see Jesus coming for me, Lord, I’ll be waiting, watching for thee…Until the daybreak and shadows flee. ” Occupy, friends! There is work to be done and people to love in Jesus’ name!
Let’s pray: Father, help us to occupy until you come for us! Fill us with Your Holy Spirit to do your work! May we run the race until we see Your face! Then we will run to You…to live with You for all eternity. May we be found faithful when You come! In Jesus’ name,