What are you waiting for today? Is it a medical diagnosis, a paycheck to arrive, a promotion to be announced, a relationship restored, a prodigal to return, a heart to mend, or a healing to occur? We’re all in the waiting room of life—for the first time or the hundredth time. Waiting is one of the unexplainable ways of God.
I’m in God’s waiting room right now, too. Again. Truly, I hate it, and I wonder why I have to be here.
Sometimes I think God put me in the waiting room so I’ll finally be still and listen. Perhaps I’ve used the waiting room as an excuse to run ahead of God and take matters into my own hands because my circumstances felt too dire to just sit around and do nothing. When I’m in the waiting room I often stomp my feet, pound my fists, and wring my hands demanding an answer. It’s unfair of God to make me wait.
Yet I’ve noticed something in Scripture. There’s a lot of waiting. Even after the call. Even after a huge miracle or revelation. God tells His servants what He wants them to do, but then He locks them up, casts them aside, or sends them away—to wait. Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Elijah, and Paul; all of them had long seasons of waiting. Giants of the faith built up over the sands of time. It’s so counterintuitive, but it’s what He does.
And during all of that waiting, He is working in us, through us, ahead of us, and alongside of us, as well as in the hearts of those watching us in the middle of the waiting room. Is it possible we haven’t discovered the reason for our waiting because we’re unwilling to take our eyes off of ourselves? Maybe those watching us haven’t been paying close enough attention, so God continues to ask us to wait—for their sakes.
While I still don’t like being in the waiting room, I can honestly say that this go-round it’s different. While I’d love to ask you to pray that God that will provide an answer and direct me to the nearest exit out of here, my request this trip is for you to ask the Lord to give me ears to hear what He’s trying to show me-teach me-tell me while I’m here. Pray, too, that others will hear what He’s trying to show them-teach them-tell them while they are watching me in this place. I would invite you to pray those prayers for yourself too, friend!
There is always a reason behind the waiting, every time. So lean back in your chair and take a deep breath. Listen intently and rest in the stillness.
Wait, did you hear something? I think I just heard Him call your name.
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