The waiting room
We are very familiar with waiting rooms. The sounds of the chatter of fellow-waiters either complaining because of the delay or diving into some juicy gossip; the unwise nurse or doctor who walks in to announce someone's medical problem in front of every one. The TV talk show dramatically revealing who the "baby daddy is" and the distraught woman who throws herself to the ground in despair when it is revealed (on TV, not in the waiting room, that would make things quite interesting though). And of course, let us not forget the arguing between a patient and the receptionist about the co-pay or missed appointment. I may be guilty of being that disgruntled person from time to time. I have learned a lesson about waiting rooms and the most important thing is bring a book and get comfy, hurry up and wait.
Well, my dear family and I find ourselves in a different kind of waiting room now. Just like any waiting room, yes, there is the chatter of others also waiting, some little more impatiently than others. Some opt to leave, thinking they are better off figuring things out on their own. On a positive note, no tacky television show to tolerate in this room. This room is God's waiting room. Every one here is waiting for an answer to a prayer, a rescue from pain and heartache, strength and resources to get through the next day.
Are you in God's waiting room?
There are many lessons to be learned in this waiting room. The lesson of trust and surrender. Do we trust God as we wait? Have we surrendered it all to Him? If not, maybe that's why we wait longer than others? It gets quiet too. Especially when one asks how much longer will it be. No answer, except the sweet words "trust Me". I have done some searching while in this waiting room; I want to know more about it; it seems that some will wait longer than others. There are signs all over this waiting room and I wanted to share these signs with you.
"Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous, Yes, wait patiently for the Lord". Psalm 27:14
"Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for Him to act." Psalm 37:7
(Hezekiah's sickness and recovery) "I waited patiently all night, but I was torn apart as though by lions. Suddenly, my life was over. Delirious, I chattered like a swallow or a crane, and then I moaned like a mourning dove. My eyes grew tired of looking to heaven for help. I am in trouble, Lord help me! Only the living can praise you as I do today. Each generation can make known your faithfulness to the next. Think of it-the Lord has healed me!" Isaiah 38:13-14, 19-20
"But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31
"I will climb up into my watchtower now and wait to see what the Lord will say to me and how He will answer my complaint. Then the Lord said to me, "write my answer in large, clear letters on a tablet, so that the runner can read it and tell everyone else. But these things I plan won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. I will not be delayed." Habakkuk 2:1-3
I love Hezekiah's openness and God's approval to communicate his weaknesses and doubts; however, even in his weakness and doubt, he still found strength to cry out to God and he was healed.
Habakkuk's demonstration of faith, reassured that the Lord will answer Him as he waited in his watchtower. Then God reassure's Him that His plan and vision will take place, just not in Habakkuk's timing but in God's perfect timing. Ouch! This hurts a little (a lot). The words "slowly, steadily, surely (my favorite word) are words that we are experiencing now. We want God to swoop down now and rescue us; to yell "ENOUGH!" and we suddenly wake up to the "before" all of this mess began, as if it were a bad dream.
So we sit, we wait, we learn to trust. I am glad Jesus said that faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains, because most days it seems that my faith doesn't get bigger than that. So my husband and I cling to the promises that as we wait for God to answer our cry, He will give us new strength and we will continue to "run and not grow weary, to walk and not faint."
So, to those who are sitting in God's waiting room with us: Hurry up and wait (and trust).