Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Attitudes of Waiting

WaitinghandsHow much time in a day do you spend waiting for something?

We wait in car lines to pick up our kids. We wait in line to pay for our groceries. We wait for our food to arrive at a restaurant.

On a spiritual level, I’m beginning to think we spend a lot of time waiting there as well. We wait for God to answer our prayers. We wait for unbelieving loved ones to finally embrace Christ as their Savior, and most importantly, we wait for Christ to return.

I also think this kind of “spiritual” waiting is the most difficult. If you wait in a car line, you know your kids are going to come (at least you hope so!). At the grocery store, you know you’ll eventually get your turn at the cashier. And as far as restaurants go, wait too long and the waiter (now there’s another person waiting!) risks losing a nice tip, but you will get your food. All of these kinds of waiting have tangible and guaranteed outcomes. Not necessarily positive, but the waiting does end within expected and controllable parameters.

That’s not the case in the spiritual realm.

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:-)Ronie said...

Wowow!! That's exactly what God's been showing me lately--waiting involves trust. And it's something else because I'm not sure how many people TRULY trust. I mean, it's putting your life in someone else's hands (in this case, the strongest, most capable hands possible!). Still, it's not easy to let go of our illusion of control.

Heather said...

I just finished a book that talks about this--The Sacred Echo by Margaret Feinberg. I highly recommend it.