I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.
When was the last time you had to wait a really long time for something? I moved into my new apartment 2 weeks ago and started out my new life here by waiting on the internet. It was supposed to be set up a few days after moving, but due to reduced staffing from the pandemic, they couldn’t get to my building right away, and I was told it could be one to two months until they could set it up. I couldn’t believe such a thing was possible in 2021, but this kind of thing happens frequently in Japan when dealing with technology.
I was miserable from day one, but luckily, it turns out they were able to get everything set up quicker than expected and I am now online! But this process of waiting made me think about a few things.
What does it mean to wait on God? Are we supposed to just sit in our internet-less room, listening to the digital ticking of the clock on the wall? I think waiting for God is less of a passive action like waiting for the light to turn green and more of an active one.
We wait for God’s purposes to be revealed and His promises to be fulfilled in both our own lives and the lives of those around us. But we do this through action: serving, helping, caring, feeding. God’s plan is made known to us through our acts of Christian love towards others. We may be “waiting,” but we aren’t sitting idly by, letting the world pass us by.
The other part to “waiting on God” is the reciprocal action God takes: He patiently waits for us. Our lives are filled with periods of aimless wandering, just like sheep, but just as any Good Shepherd, God is always there waiting for our return to the flock. This is all the more reason for us to wait on God and live in hope.