Wait. Not something I am fond of doing, I will admit. When waiting, there’s not much to do. Sometimes, it’s worth the wait. Others, not!
Recently I had to wait in a doctor’s office. This was a new one, so I had no idea what to expect. As I approached 55 minutes of waiting, I said to the Lord, I would wait the full hour before giving up and rescheduling. I also told Him that I really wanted to meet her. So I waited. At exactly one hour late, she entered the room full of apologies. Of course, I accepted them. And as the expression goes, “the wait was worth it!” She’s wonderful!
This Tuesday morning I was fixing my cup of coffee. I always add some filtered refrigerator water to cool it. Or I attempted to do that. I put my cup up and pushed, no water. Of course, I tried the “logical” things – can I get ice? Can I get any water? Can I see the problem when I look up inside? Can I see anything wrong (well even if I did, would I know? Not likely)? I opened the freezer door to see if I could solve the problem that way. Nope. I finally realized this was over my head, as most repair problems are, but I wasn’t going to disturb Nick’s quiet time with that. I got bottled water to cool my coffee, and prayed that God would resolve the issue. The water was delaying what was more important-time with the Lord. The water issue could wait.
Oh, there’s that word again – wait! I have been encountering that word frequently in my devotions and readings recently. My waiting that morning was filled with time with the Lord and His Word. And yes, I did focus on just that. Then came the moment of truth, or in my case, the moment of answer- it’s time to fix breakfast, and I’ll need water. Anyway, I took a pan to the refrigerator, held it under, sent a brief prayer, and pushed the lever. A drop came out. Yes, it was water, but not what I was expecting. I sent another brief prayer, and out comes the water!
We all wait. We wait in line at stores, movies, amusement parks, airports. We wait for people to arrive for celebrations, to meet someone, new babies. We wait for test results, for prognosis, for healing. We wait for children, for family, for friends. We wait for someone to speak an answer. Waiting is part of our lives.
There are those who say we shouldn’t bother God with the little things in life. He’ll get us through without us “bothering Him.” Yes, there are many important and bigger problems, than water to cool my coffee or waiting to see a doctor. Yet, God cares about all aspects of our lives. It’s not just the big issues, like prodigals coming home, illnesses, loss of loved ones, food and shelter. Sometimes it’s the little ones. I’ve prayed to be able to thread on a hose, turn a screw, safety as we travel, finding lost items, remembering things I should. I also come to Him full of praises and thanksgiving for the many blessings He has given us.
In all things with the Lord, we wait. It is His timing, His will, not ours. He answers us with a yes, a no, or not now. But we wait. Do I still get impatient? Yes, unfortunately. But I’ve also had some wonderful, delightful answers to prayers about big and small issues in my life by waiting for God’s response to my prayer.
Psalm 39:7 (NKJV) says, “And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You.” I am “looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13 NKJV). This is what I’m waiting for. The wait will definitely be worth it!
Are you waiting? Just wondering . . .
Boo & Nick