Now hope means we are waiting for something we do not have. How can a man (or woman) hope for something he already has?  But if we hope for something we do not yet see, we must learn how to wait for it. (Romans 8:24-25 NLV)

Are you kidding me? I’m here again? I hate waiting! Whether its waiting in a waiting room, waiting at a traffic light, waiting for the phone to ring, waiting for test results, waiting for a prayer to be answered, waiting for the journey to begin or waiting for the journey to end….I’m not a very good “waiter.”

I think the thing I hate the most about waiting (besides not knowing what’s going on) is that it feels like such a waste of time. Now some may call this impatience, but I think waiting is a very poor way to manage the limited time we humans have here on earth. Just think how much more we could get done if we didn’t have to wait!  It doesn’t seem productive at all.

But after being a “waiter” for a good number of years, God has reminded me that He has a very specific purpose for waiting and He was intentional in His time management.

Waiting provides breathing room. Some of us wouldn’t take the time to catch our breath unless it was forced upon us in the waiting room of the doctor’s office, dentist office, or even the Department of Motor Vehicles.  (I think the DMV was designed to slow down those of us that are the worst “waiters”!)

In the deeper sense of the “waiting room” it is that place of the unknown; a nebulous limbo-land where we wait for God to move. We are in a place of being in the dark about something; uncertain and many times, afraid. But it is only uncertain to us.  God certainly knows what is going on and He knows the outcome. I, on the other hand, am on a need to know basis and most times God thinks I don’t need to know.

So basically it comes down to trust. God is always at work and active in the details of my life but I can’t always see it. While I’m waiting for God reveal what He is doing, He is asking me to trust Him.  God is not just asking me to trust Him; He is teaching me to trust Him. He is inviting me to move out of my self-imposed waiting room and is welcoming me into His throne room. It is in the throne room that He encourages me to come boldly before Him, to find grace in my time of need.

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. (Hebrews 4:15-16 NLT)   Let us go with complete trust to the throne of God. We will receive His loving-kindness and have His loving-favor to help us whenever we need it. (Hebrews 4:15-16 NLV)

God gives me a choice: I can either cool my heels in the waiting room with a burning belly and perspiring palms, impatiently tapping my toes and nibbling my nails, waiting for something to happen, or I can reverently, expectantly and boldly enter the throne room of the Almighty God. He draws me into His presence where I can experience His power, His glory, His comfort, His healing, His forgiveness and His peace as I worship Him. Humbly laying down all my worries, disappointments, hurts, mistakes, regrets and fears, I choose to worship Him: I praise, I pray, I sing, and dance in His presence, joining my voice with those who are bringing eternal praise. This is a taste of heaven on earth.

Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” (Revelation 5:11-12 NIV)

When I slow down long enough to really consider it, life on earth is the ultimate wait. I can’t wait to go to heaven and be in the arms of my Savior who will wipe away every tear. He will either have answers to all my questions or give me the perspective that the all-important answers to those questions, don’t even matter when I’m enjoying the fullness of His presence.  Now that’s worth waiting for!  In the meantime, while I’m waiting here on earth to go home, God has much to teach me so that I’m prepared for what “awaits” me in heaven.  Some of that learning is in the “doing” but more and more I think the really big things are learned in the “waiting.”

I still struggle with waiting but if I try to look at it as an opportunity to enter the throne room and worship at the feet of the King of the Universe I can say most assuredly, it is time well spent.

For who in all of heaven can compare with the Lord? What mightiest angel is anything like the Lord? The highest angelic powers stand in awe of God. He is far more awesome than all who surround his throne. O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies! Where is there anyone as mighty as you, O Lord? You are entirely faithful. (Psalm 89:6-8 NLT)

The Lord reigns, He is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength; indeed, the world is established, firm and secure. Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity. (Psalm 93:1-2 NIV) 

Then we said, “Let’s go to the throne of the Lord and worship at his feet.” (Psalm 132:7 CEV)

“You Still Holy” Jan Yancey http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OInjAQDHneY

“Waiting Here For You” by Christy Nockles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3OEGnH5x8g

3 thoughts on “…waiting…

  1. Excellent Jan. this fall I have a new book coming out called “When All You Can Do Is Wait!” it is all about waiting and God’s timing in our lives. It would be a good read for you. Look for it on my website srrestore.org in a month or so. Pastor Steve Roll


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