Today as I was waiting on the UPS man, my mind went to wandering about waiting and how impatient we can be. I’d been waiting for him for awhile knowing when he arrived there would be a beautiful wreath that I won arriving on that truck. Every day I would pull in the driveway and look towards the front porch.
Are you waiting for something or someone today? Waiting is just a part of our lives. We are waiting for the next meal, waiting for God to heal someone, waiting for God to work through infertility or miscarriage, waiting for the school bell to ring, waiting in that carpool line, waiting for the next season, waiting to lose some weight, waiting for Christmas, waiting for test results, waiting for our favorite show to come on, waiting for a late meeting, waiting to meet that special someone, waiting for a letter of acceptance from a college, waiting for that first cup of coffee in the morning.
Why are we waiting, why are we counting the moments, the hours, the days, the weeks, the months, the years until retirement, vacation, graduation, marriage? How do we learn to live in this moment? How do we learn to give it all we can give right NOW, right here?
You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays. I don’t know about you, but I’d like to make today worth remembering. Meredith Wilson (The Music Man)
Can we just focus on “NOW” – on today – on this moment? Can we just focus on what God is doing right now? Look around. Can you see what He is doing now? We want instant results because we are in a technological today, and so we expect God to answer right NOW, but it’s in the waiting that we learn, it’s in the waiting we grow, it’s in the waiting we watch and see Him move and work. It’s in today as we walk outside and see those fall trees changing colors, those breezy days with the trees flowing, cool, crisp days. It’s in those moments we stop and praise God and have hope for what He is doing, what He will do, and what He has done.
What joy are you finding today? What blessings are you counting today? Have you even slowed down enough today to count your blessings, to spend time with Him thanking Him for all He has done yesterday and today?
Can we just focus on this moment? If we are going through a trial, can we not just stop and focus on Him? Can we not just stop and spend some time in prayer. Can we not pour our hearts out in prayer knowing His ways are better than our ways or our worries and thoughts?
Can we stop and quit worrying about tomorrow and live in today? Can we not just keep a proper perspective as we are reminded in Romans 12:12 to “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer”
Can we not remember that He is in control – we are NOT?
In the waiting, we need to trust, we need to pour our hearts out to the Lord as we are on our knees praying, we need to be in the Word, and remain steadfast in the hope of the Lord. It’s in the waiting we see Him at work. It’s in the waiting we see His purpose in our lives through every season.