Wait, I remember when I was younger, my mom would go out, but before she left, she would tell us that she wanted the house to be neat and she wanted everywhere clean. She also wanted the fish or chicken out of the freezer. She basically left instructions for us to carry out and she expected that they got done. “But when are you coming back?” we would inquire. “Don’t worry, I’m coming back very soon, just do what I asked you to do”. We never knew what time she was coming back, but we always thought we had time so we would delay in doing the tasks. She would always come back when we were never done with or half way done with the task and of course the fish or chicken was still always in the freezer. Very what? very good.
“So, what were you doing all this while, when you were waiting for me?”
“Nothing, we didn’t think you’d come back this early”. *Parade of slaps and beatings follow*. It is well.
During her absence, she expected that we didn’t let the house go to ruins. She expected that everything was in place for her arrival, and she expected that we carried out the tasks, she left for us, diligently.
We didn’t doubt that she was coming back at all, simply because she was taking longer than expected, we just doubted that she was coming back so soon, so we delayed in carrying out simple instructions laid out for us.
Sometimes, we would actually have everything ready. The fish or chicken would be out of the freezer, the house impeccably clean and us waiting nicely and quietly. Then we would wait expectantly, but she would take too long and waiting would get tiresome sometimes and doubt would creep in like she’s not coming back soon so let’s run amok. So, we would run around, play and mess everything up again. That’s exactly when she would decide to show up. Wonderful.
42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into” Matthew 24:42-43.
We also grow tired in our waiting for God and we get weary, but guess what? “those who wait/trust/hope in the LORD will renew their strength”, meaning when you grow weary or tired, he refreshes you and gives you new strength, new joy, a sign, or a gift. It’s like your car never running out of gas no matter how many miles it goes. “They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” Isaiah 40:31.
Waiting means to “not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” Galatians 6:9.
Waiting also means preparing. Take for example the parable of the foolish and wise virgins “2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. 6 But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour” Matthew 25:2-13.
The wise virgins, in their waiting and expecting, bought extra oil, incase their lamps went out. They were prepared. The foolish virgins did nothing. When the groom came, the wise virgins were ready, because in their waiting they were active, while the foolish virgins were left behind, because they failed to prepare.
Sometimes, in our waiting, God molds us and imbeds in us characteristics that will prepare us for where he is taking us.
Wait means trusting and hoping in God even when our circumstances says otherwise.
Wait means believing that there is something better coming your way.
Wait means taking the faith route even when the easy route is more accessible.
“Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper, or fret about their wicked schemes…but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land” Psalm 37.
Wait means to trust in God and his timing, while working diligently with the task that he has given you.
Waiting is NOT a passive act.
A farmer waits on the season of harvest, but if he fails to sow his seeds amid his waiting period, he will reap nothing.
Waiting looks different for everybody, so don’t compare your waiting period to another person’s waiting period.
Waiting looks like “trust and obey for there is no other way…” (PS; If you say, “waiting looks like” and then sing “trust and obey…” it sounds like you’re doing spoken word 😊. You’re welcome.)
So, don’t let the house go to ruins, don’t slack in your waiting, and don’t be found wanting in your waiting.<<