Pregnancy is probably one of the times in life that really teaches one to wait, especially when approaching the end. No one really knows when that baby will decide to show up, and being a first time mother, I don’t know what to expect. I am told that I will know when it’s time, and that’s probably very true.
In the meantime I wait. As patently as I possibly can. I am really in no rush, but at the same time I am conflicted. I want to met her, that little human that’s been growing inside of me for the last 9 months, all the while I am very nervous to take on the duties of caring for an infant and the lifetime duties of raising a human being.
I go from moments of elated joy to sheer terror, is that normal?
All this brings to me the concept of waiting, or as I’ve titled this blog, “The Art of Waiting”.
It’s truly an art, isn’t it? Art being defined as “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination”. It takes skill and creative imagination to get through periods of waiting, does it not? Waiting takes place in our mind, hardly in any kind of action. It’s all about how we choose to think about and even utilize this period of time we call waiting.
The Bible talks a lot about waiting. It seems to me that God finds this to be an important skill for us to master.
Just from memory, I can think of 11 examples.
Noah waited for the rain to come and the rain to end.
Joseph waited to be rescued from the pit that his brothers threw him in, he waited in jail, he waited to be reunited with his family.
Esther waited and fasted for God to answer and save her people.
Jacob waited to marry Rachel.
David waited to become king.
Daniel waited in the Lions den.
Marry waited for Jesus to be born.
The apostles waited for the resurrection of Jesus (even though they doubted).
Paul waited in jail.
We wait for the return of our Lord and for His kingdom to come.
Lots and Lots of waiting, and there are so many more examples of God’s people waiting.
God promised us that there is purpose in our waiting.
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” -Isaih 40:31 ESV
Even if we’re left alone and feel forsaken (and it’s nothing to be ashamed of, Jesus felt forsaken by His father when He was left to die on the cross. Matthew 27:46) God is there, He has a plan and He will not let us perish (after all He brought Jesus back from the dead and has glorified His name by giving Him all authority in heaven and on earth. Matthew 28:6 and 18).
In times of waiting, the best thing to do is lean on Him, His promises, His truth and the fact that He promised to “Never leave nor Forsake us”. Hebrews 13:5.
What ever you are waiting for today, take comfort in the fact that GOD IS FAITHFUL.
The Word tells us that He cannot defy His own nature. When we are faithless, He continues to be faithful… “If we are faithless, He will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13.
I hope that you are reminded of all the times the Lord remained faithful, even when you didn’t believe, you didn’t pray and you didn’t follow through. Our God is merciful and full of immeasurable love.
Now there’s something to take comfort in.
Be blessed today my friends.
And may your hearts be overwhelmed with peace and a new-found hope in Him.