Waiting. No one likes waiting, at least I’ve never met anyone who likes to wait. We live in a fast-paced world, demanding speed in almost every part of our lives. From fast food to high speed internet to 2 day Amazon Prime shipping, efficiency is King in our world. But we can’t stop there, we not only love getting what we want quickly, but we also loath it when things don’t work quite quickly enough for us. Bad traffic, buffering internet, or heaven forbid, Siri doesn’t understand our voice commands and we are suddenly acting like a 5 year old on the toy isle.
I’ll admit, I’m one of the worst. My #1, all time, biggest pet peeve is wasting time. Every time I drive through Dallas, Texas I swear to my wife that “Dallas traffic is a direct result of the Fall of man!” Why? Why is it that I, we, are so bad at waiting? I think it’s because in our minds waiting = wasting.
So much of our identities are wrapped up in what we can achieve. We want to control every minute of our lives so that we make sure that we stay on track and don’t fall behind everyone else. Wasting time to us is wasted opportunity.
The truth is, we couldn’t be farther from the actual truth. But, in order to see it, we have to slow down and look at our life with a different perspective, God’s perspective. God often has a different plan for our lives than we do, and God’s plan often involves, yep, you guessed it, waiting. It almost doesn’t make sense to us, that is until we realize that in God’s economy waiting doesn’t equal wasting. The reason is because waiting is one of the ways that God chooses to work in our lives. We see this repeatedly throughout the Scriptures.
God has given us waiting as a gift. Every moment of waiting is an opportunity to seek God. When we are uncomfortable, longing for something that’s not fully in view, we can look to God, trusting Him to provide our future. While we wait, God works in us, transforming us into His likeness. Years ago God gifted Israel with the promise of a coming Savior, and in their waiting, He did amazing things, things we long to see in our day. He’s done the same for us. He’s promised that He will return for us. We can rest assured that He will do what He has said. He’s faithful and He’ll come again. But in the mean time we can also begin to see that He’s working, not wasting.
What are you waiting on this Christmas season?