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I have a two-year-old son. Toddlers and waiting are not synonymous. We decorated our Christmas tree and a few days later presents were tempting his curiosity from underneath. The short-lived conversation went something like this:
Mommy, I open presents?
No, Maximus, you need to wait.
Why I need to wait?
Because it’s not Christmas yet.
Why it not Christmas yet?
Because it’s not December 25.
December? What December?
As I was reflecting on that conversation, tears flooded my eyes. My two-year-old son was being asked to wait, which is essentially like asking the sun not to shine. Waiting is a hard thing to learn when you’re two. But then the Lord whispered to me, “Amy, do you know how to wait?” Wait, what? Yes. Well, at least better than a toddler! But what God was saying to me hit home.
Waiting is a hard thing to learn when you’re two. But then the Lord whispered to me, “Amy, do you know how to wait?”
You see, I had been feeling this weight. A feeling of anxiousness. Doubt. An urgency to DO something…anything…to get the results I needed STAT. Currently we are in a season of waiting. It’s not fun. Our school district’s boundaries have changed. Is my older son going to be able to stay in the same school that is precious to our family? We are considering buying a house. Should we move closer to friends? Closer to where we want our son to attend school? Closer to where we work? Our marriage is in a season of waiting…just waiting for things to get better, stronger. We see that there is hard work ahead and maybe a few hard conversations here and there, but oh, the waiting!
The world asks me, “What are you waiting for?” Implying that I am the one that needs to make things happen, and get things the way I like them. Do what I want, when I want, and get results, fast. But my God asks me, “No Amy, WHO are you waiting on?”
The world asks me, “What are you waiting for?” Implying that I am the one that needs to make things happen, and get things the way I like them. But my God asks me, “No Amy, WHO are you waiting on?”
God does not relish in our waiting. But what comes from the waiting is what He desires most. Isaiah 30:18 says, “Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore He exalts Himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him.”
Did you catch that? The Lord waits. He is waiting to show you grace and mercy, in His goodness, in His mighty love for you. He is not waiting so that you can experience agony and anxiousness. He is waiting so that He can reveal His mercy to you, so that then you can praise and exalt Him. If you wait on God, then you are blessed. Wow.
Oftentimes we look at waiting as such a bummer. We shuffle around our lives in some sort of in-between state of true disappointment and full satisfaction. But God tells us that we are to “rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, and be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12) Waiting is a privilege to trust, an opportunity to hope, and a reason to pray with the anticipation to rejoice, no matter what the outcome. It is a time to get down on our knees in the presence of our King with the simple gift of drawing nearer to His heart. As we wait, praying constantly, diving in deeply to His Word, it is not God who changes His mind, but it is our hearts that are changed.
The Lord waits. He is waiting to show you grace and mercy, in His goodness, in His mighty love for you.
So what are you waiting for? Maybe you’re waiting for Mr. Right. A lost child to return to home. A relationship to heal. A chance to be a mother. The perfect time to retire. A diagnosis. In the period of waiting, let’s look to the Author of our faith in hope and anticipation of His glory and let’s hope in His Word! (Psalm 130:5) Let’s get on our knees before our Savior and ask for His timing, His grace, and His goodness to be revealed. And let us be reminded that it is not what we are waiting for, but WHO we are waiting on that is the blessing.
God, let me not rush the work of Your hands. But let Your hands do a work in me as I wait patiently for you. Amen.
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