I am pretty darn sure that the purpose of waiting extends beyond simply getting on my last nerve. Indeed some waiting periods involve little more than tapping my foot or glancing at my watch every few seconds while sending a slit eyed look at the closed door in say the doctor’s office. Having experienced some gall bladder issues lately, some waiting involves letting the pain subside or the nausea to pass. Some waiting involves getting through cancer treatment and then holding one’s breath until the tests reveal whether or not you have beaten the beast. Some waiting periods anticipate good things, the birth of a child, Christmas, family visits, vacation trips, the return of a loved one from deployment overseas. Whatever the anticipated event or the delay, waiting demands to be reckoned with!
This Lenten Season I want to consider the wait. I invite you to join me. Why? Because God seems to have a purpose for waiting. Plus it appears he likes the number 40, because he kept the Israelites in the wilderness with Moses for 40 years and Jesus in the desert for 40 days. So Lent’s 40 days stretching from Ash Wednesday to Palm Sunday give time to pause and reflect on how the sacrifice of waiting can build character and teach me how to utilize if not embrace THE WAIT! Perhaps together we can even find the miracles within the time in the Waiting Room. For as Isaiah wrote:
“He gives strength to those who are tired; to the ones who lack power, he gives renewed energy. Even youths get tired and weary; even strong young men clumsily stumble. But those who wait [hope, trust] for the LORD’s help find renewed strength; they rise up as if they had eagles’ wings, they run without growing weary, they walk without getting tired.”
Isaiah 40:29-31 NET
Surely WAITING has a PURPOSE in God’s economy…just saying.