The art of waiting
Today, we had some work done in our home by a vendor. It was a large job that took him most of the day to complete. I was unable to do much of anything except sit and wait. The gentleman was very nice and we had some great conversation for a portion of the time but as I was watching him complete the task, I found myself getting excited. I was excited because I knew what the finished product would look like. I knew exactly what the outcome was going to be. I was waiting with “eager anticipation.”
Not once did I think he would suddenly change his mind and say, “I don’t want to finish this job anymore” or “I have better things to do with my time than finish this work for you.” No, I knew that he was there to do the job he agreed to do and that he would see it through to the finish. In turn, I did not sit there waiting irritated or annoyed, tapping my fingers or pacing back and forth, fussing at him to hurry up. I waited patiently, trusting his expertise and wisdom in getting the job done right, however long it took. I was confident in his ability and was extremely pleased when it all came together. Keeping a good attitude throughout the extended period of waiting, made the day pleasant instead of miserable for both of us.
Today, we find ourselves waiting for the return of Jesus Christ as promised in the Bible. How do we feel or behave as we wait? Are we irritated or annoyed that God isn’t hurrying up and meeting OUR timetable as WE see fit, or are we eagerly and excitedly waiting, knowing that God is the expert and he knows what he is doing and things will get done exactly as promised?
We can be confident that God is fully invested in what he has promised because he sent his ONLY son to die for you and I. I’d say we can conclude that with that action, God is ALL IN. Are you?
Let us remind ourselves today that God’s timing is always perfect. I find myself so incredibly grateful that God is so long suffering and patient because had “the end” come just a few years ago, I wouldn’t have stood a chance. I would like to believe that he was waiting for me. Now I’m happy to wait if he is waiting for you. Our shepherd is gently herding his flock into his care and protection. I will rest in His loving arms until he says it's time. Meanwhile, I will remain eager and excited for the work that is being finished. I will be an active participant in whatever way God chooses to use me to glorify his kingdom and save lives. I hope this devotional today will inspire you to do the same! Stay encouraged, friend.
2 Peter 3:9 - “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
Lamentations 3:25,26 - “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him, it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”
2 Peter 3:8-9, Acts 1:7, Romans 5:6, Psalm 46:10, Psalm 37:7, Isaiah 55:8-9