Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in Him, because we trust in His holy name. Psalm 33:20-21
As humans, we have many shortcomings. One of the worst ones is impatience. When we set our eyes on something, we want it immediately. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like waiting. Whether I’m waiting to get to school or waiting for the next chapter in my life, waiting for the light to turn green is one of the hardest things to do. Sometimes it takes more effort to keep the foot on the break than to floor the gas pedal.
I have always wondered why that’s one of the key features of humanity. Is this resentment toward waiting due to our fallen state or did God purposely make us this way? If we did get the instant gratification that we incessantly crave, would we really appreciate it as much? I highly doubt it.
I have a confession to make. I enjoy painting more than I do sketching a scenery or portrait. Care to take a guess why? Since I love diverse colors, paintings are more pleasing to the eye. However, that’s not the primary reason. I usually finish my paintings much quicker than my drawings. Sure, I put in a lot of hours into my paintings, but it takes days, sometimes weeks, to finish a drawing. With my paintings, it’s easier to finish and get an end product. In essence, I invest more of Myself into my drawings when I have to wait for the finished work.
A better example is waiting for the birth of a child. Parents and loved ones have to wait roughly 9 arduous months to meet this new person! Those months are wrought with expectation, worry, cravings, preparation, but most importantly Growth. Outwardly, all you see is the bulging of the abdomen. Inwardly, is the creation of a miraculous new life by the Almighty God! I don’t know a single parent who wishes for their child to be born prematurely. Don’t wish for premature blessings in your life. God’s timing in your life is worth the wait!
On that note, I want to point out something we DON’T have to wait for! If I could sum up the entire Old Testament, I would probably pick this verse:
Therefore justice is far from us,
and righteousness does not overtake us;
we hope for Light, and behold, darkness,
and for brightness, but we walk in gloom. Isaiah 59:9
This entire chapter of Isaiah is incredible because it’s talking about us. Our separation from God is so painfully written out in black and white. By His love and mercy, God didn’t leave things there. Look at verse 20:
“And a Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who turn from transgression,” declares the Lord.
How incredible and mind-blowing is it to know that WE don’t have to wait for the LIGHT! He came and conquered sin and death about 2,000 years before we existed. How blessed are we that we don’t have to walk as blind and deaf corpses separated from the Almighty God because our Redeemer came to our rescue? Praise Yahweh!
As believers, we wait for something completely different now. We wait for the day that the Bridegroom will take His Bride to heaven. Jesus said in John 14 that He is going to prepare a place for us! I literally cannot wait for that day! My greatest hope in this life is that I will finally get to go to my true Home in the next: heaven. I wait for the day that I am finally reunited with my loved ones, the sibling and other family I never got to meet, and the heroes I have admired from Bible stories.
More than anything else, I can’t wait to see my Savior face to face so I can worship Him with the rest of the saints and angels for all eternity! In my selfishness, I would love nothing more than to go right now. I am desperate to be with my Father in His palace, but I know that I am still living and breathing in this world because God is still doing a good work in me. The same goes for you fellow believers! Believe me, there are days when waiting one more day feels impossible. I leave you with this promise.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
Trust that eternity is worth the wait.