Do you get tired of waiting?
Published 2:00 pm Sunday, September 18, 2022
Hi, all. Just a thought to help start your weekend.
Hurry up and wait. It can sometimes feel as if we spend half our lives waiting on something or someone. We sit in traffic waiting to see if the red light will ever turn green. We show up for an appointment only to wait in a room specifically designed for waiting, before we move on to another little room and wait some more. We wait on the oven to heat up so we can cook dinner. We wait on the car to cool off so we don’t blister our hands on the steering wheel. We wait on things to happen.
You’ve probably, at one time or another, used the phrase, “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it,” meaning, “Let’s wait and see how the situation turns out, and then we will make a decision on what to do.”
The particular bridge in my photo spans the Columbia River and connects the towns of Hood River, Oregon, and Bingen, Washington. It is a toll bridge, meaning you wait in line, out on the bridge, to pay your toll. And, this bridge also happens to be a drawbridge. A drawbridge is designed to open up near the middle, raise up out of the way of passing boats, and allow them to pass. But that means the vehicles attempting to cross the bridge must wait yet again.
Do you ever get tired of waiting on God? Perhaps you’ve asked Him for answers to a question, for healing of yourself or a loved one, for guidance in upcoming circumstances, for wisdom to train your children, or for any number of things. We ask. Then we wait.
Why do you suppose He lets us sit and wait on Him? Perhaps it isn’t that He is not ready to answer. Perhaps it’s because we aren’t ready for the answer He will provide! The more we wait on Him, sometimes the more our true desires, wants, and wishes may change. That waiting period may also be God’s way of telling us to slow down, to not focus so much on the future and its problems, but focus on the time we are granted today.
Maybe you’ve anxiously awaited what this coming week will bring. Wait on Him. Perhaps, just perhaps, it’s today He wants us to focus on and experience. Good things really can come to those who wait.
Just a thought. ’Til later.
Rev. Brad Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org.