Have you ever noticed how much of our lives are spent waiting. We wait for people, we wait at an appointment, we wait in traffic, or we wait in line. Up until the last few days we were waiting for spring. Looks as if the wait is finally over!
Even as kids we waited. We waited for the end of school and our summer vacations. We waited for that first bike and sometimes we had to wait for the training wheels to come off!
Then one of the big ones, we all had to wait to be old enough to drive a car! Do you remember waiting to graduate from high school? Do you remember waiting to save for a down payment on your first house? How about waiting for the birth of your first child?
Well, you get the gist. I dare say that it takes a lifetime to learn how to patiently wait. There are some tricks that I’ve learned over the years about how to wait, how to “put in the time”. I would share some of them with you, but you’ll just have to … wait.
As followers of Jesus, we also need to learn to wait. I find it interesting that God, who is outside of time and space, wants to teach us about the value of waiting.
And Noah waited yet another seven days, and again he sent the dove out from the ark. Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth. So he waited yet another seven days and sent out the dove which did not return again to him anymore.
So you see, Noah had to wait while floating aimlessly about. But he learned how to wait. He learned to trust in God’s timing.
Hope springs eternal while we wait. Waiting gives us time to focus on the hope. As I’ve gotten older I’ve learned that there really is a purpose in waiting. This is especially true as we wait for God’s good time!
Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day!