Have you ever found yourself waiting? Waiting for test results, or a new job or maybe a tax refund?
Waiting is difficult, especially waiting for God.
So what does it mean to wait on the God?
Waiting for God is not laziness. Waiting for God is not going to sleep. Waiting for God is not the abandonment of effort. Waiting for God means, first, activity under command; second, readiness for any new command that may come; third, the ability to do nothing until the command is given. - G. Campbell Morgan
Waiting for God is the ability to do nothing until the command is given.
The irony is that waiting is far more difficult than working. Waiting requires strength. It demands absolute surrender of our life to God; the ability to confess that we are at the end of our own understanding of things; the confession that we really don’t know what way we should go. Waiting requires confidence and complete trust in God.
C.S Lewis, in his book “Meditation in a Tool Shed”, tells of his experience standing in a dark potter’s shed on a sunny day. Through a chink in the wall a sunbeam probed its way into the dark interior of the shed. Lewis suggests that waiting for God is like standing in the dark but looking along the beam of light that comes from God. Knowing the source of light gives us confidence that outside the darkened shed that describes our lives, light bathes the whole landscape. What a delicious image!!
Light will overcome darkness. This is the kind of vision of God that gives us the courage to wait in confidence.
The truth is that there are times when the only hope we have, the only solution to our situation, the only cure for our condition, is to wait on God. There is a time to act and a time to wait. If you have found yourself in a time of waiting, do as David encourages us in Psalm 27:14:
Wait for the LORD;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the LORD.
Waiting for God is a virtue.
Join us this Sunday as we continue our series entitled Virtues for Life. This week we will tackle the virtue of purity. This Sunday we will also gather around the table as we share in the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Plan to be there and be sure to invite a friend.