Archive | April 2016

The Waiting Room

Waiting RoomThe women’s ministry at my church recently hosted a mother-daughter banquet. Our theme was Teapots and Teacups…Overflowing With Truths That Transform.

In preparation for the banquet we discovered that there are actually a lot of parallels between tea and our spiritual lives.  For example, brewing the perfect cup of tea takes time and patience.  Let it steep too little and it is weak and tasteless.  Let it steep too long and it is strong and bitter.

Likewise, becoming the woman that God designed us to be takes time and patience as well.

Even though we don’t like to wait it’s a part of life isn’t it? We wait in traffic, in car pool lines, in holding patterns on the runway, in grocery stores, for retirement, for sermons to get over, or even for Jesus to return.

But we don’t like it do we? We have been conditioned to have it our way, right away.

Our family knows about waiting. My son and his wife discovered that they were unable to have biological children so they decided to adopt internationally. God sent them two beautiful children by way of Russia… and believe me, they were worth the wait. After a time, my son and daughter-in-law felt one more child would make their family complete so they decided to pursue another international adoption. However, they discovered that Russia no longer permitted Americans to adopt…a door closed.  They then decided to explore adopting a child from the Ukraine but, shortly thereafter Russia invaded the Ukraine… another door closed. So, they decided to pursue a domestic adoption. They filled out the required forms… and they waited.  They attended parenting classes… and they waited. They had a home study…and they waited. They prepared their family album to be shown to perspective biological parents…and they waited. They waited until they had just about given up hope fearing they might be too old to adopt a baby if they were not chosen soon. And then the call came…they had been chosen…a baby girl had been born, she was healthy and beautiful and she was theirs.  They brought her home when she was four days old. …and, there is no doubt in our minds that she was worth the wait.

You know, waiting on God is a regular refrain in the life of faith.

Matthew 7:7 says “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  But asking, seeking or knocking often leads to a season of waiting.

Some of us are in the waiting room today aren’t we?

  • Waiting for an answer from the Dr.
  • Waiting for a husband
  • Waiting for a child
  • Waiting for the economy to improve
  • Waiting for the right job
  • Waiting for that loved one to accept Jesus as their Savior

But, waiting is not just something we have to do to we get what we want. Waiting is the process of becoming what God wants us to be so that He can give us what we need.

Whether it’s simply spare moments or seemingly endless days, waiting is no waste in God’s economy.

Perhaps there are some implied words in Matthew 7:7. It might read “Ask, (then wait), and you will receive, seek, (then wait), and you will find, knock, (then wait) and the door will be opened.”

Scripture is full of examples of people like us who had to wait on God.

  • Moses spent forty years tending sheep before God called him as a deliverer of His people.
  • David spent fourteen years before the throne of Israel would be his.
  • And in Jesus’ own ministry, he often told his disciples “My hour has not yet come.”

Generally we think of waiting as a passive activity but in reality it should be active.  In the adoption process my son and daughter-in-law waited but they were also active…filling out forms, attending classes, preparing for a home study and preparing a family album.

Likewise as we ask, seek and knock we are to be active. We are to…

  • Believe that the God who saved us hears our cries. As Micah 7:7 says, “But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me”.
  • Watch with expectancy, but be prepared for unexpected answers. As Psalm 5:3 says, “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly”.
  • Put our hope in God’s Word. We are tempted to put our hope in things that will disappoint us…things of the world. But, remember that according to 2 Peter 1:3 we have everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
  • Get on with our lives while we are in the waiting room…not put them on hold. Ephesians 5:15 says, “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil”.
  • Be grateful for where we are today and for what God has brought us through. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you”.
  • Recognize that God is in control, even when it seems He has forgotten us. Romans 8:28 says “All things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose”.

So, while you are in the waiting room, remember God’s faithfulness.

Truth to Claim:  Waiting is not incidental to faith.  It makes up the building  blocks of a faithful God.

 Application:  When you are in the waiting room, actively serve God until the answer comes.

 Solo Deo Gloria