It seems like waiting for something is a part of life. Waiting for a promotion, waiting for a wayward child, waiting for an answer to prayer. We even have quotes galore to inspire and encourage us as we wait.
- Good things come to those who wait.
- You usually have to wait for that which is worth waiting for. (Craig Bruice)
- Our willingness to wait reveals the value we place on what we’re waiting for. (Charles Stanley)
Recently, Greg and I took a cruise with my brother and his wife, and my Dad. We planned it about 8 months before our sail date. So, we waited and waited and it seemed like we were never going to actually go on the cruise. But finally, on November 27 after months and months of anticipation, we set sail for ten days in the Caribbean. It was a wonderful trip and well-worth the wait.
The wait is over: Christmas is here.
With tomorrow being Christmas, I couldn’t help but think about the waiting so many had to endure for their promised Messiah. Years and years came and went until that one night when hope and promise were ushered in with the birth of Christ. New life in Him would soon become a reality. At last, Messiah had come.
What are you waiting for at this moment? An answer to prayer? Clear direction? A reconnection with a past relationship?
It’s not always easy to simply wait. We like quick answers and fast results. But it’s often in the waiting room where God shows up as our close Companion reminding us that He’s got all things under His control. And our time spent in that room will not be in vain because:
The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. (Lamentations 3:25)
The birth of Jesus was worth waiting for because a once distant God became Immanuel, God with us.
Tomorrow we once again think about the earthly entrance of the Son of God. Mankind waited and was not disappointed.
If you find yourself in a season of waiting, be encouraged. With God, all things are possible, and if waiting is involved…it will be well-worth it.