Waiting...

A Note From the Principal's Desk, published in the Lion's Roar (1.6) on October 1, 2014

 

Most of us—adults and children alike—really don’t like to wait.  Waiting can be so hard!  This is especially true in our fast-paced western culture.  Speed is often considered the ultimate goal in a technology-driven world.  We have grown accustomed to having things done quickly and to our particular specifications...more quickly than ever before in all of history.

 

Have you noticed, however, that God tends to downplay speed?  In fact, God has a lot to say about waiting.  He even refers to waiting as something He blesses.  Isaiah 50:13 says that “they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength.”  Psalm 27:13-14 says that when we wait, we will be able to take courage; we must “wait for the Lord!”  2 Peter 3:9 reminds us that it is because of God’s perfect and good nature that it may seem like an eternity before we can see His promises fulfilled.  He isn’t actually slow in fulfilling His promises; instead He is patient with us and is willing to wait for us.  His desire is that none of us should perish, “but that all should reach repentance.”  God’s ways are always worth the wait!

I remember how hard it was to wait as a child (for Christmas Day...or my birthday...or the first day of school), but the things I have to wait for as an adult are so much weightier than when I was a child.  For instance, as my own children have grown older, I am learning that I must wait more than ever…and I must be patient in that waiting.  After all, it is right and fitting that I should have less say about their choices as they grow into adulthood. However, my flesh often wants to act...to intervene and stop them from choosing the “wrong” path.  My heart desperately wants to protect them so that they can avoid heartache and separation from God and others.

 

However, God asks me to wait. To wait on Him.  To wait on Him because His ways are simply not my ways.  Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all our heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”  I must be willing to give God room and time to work in others’ lives.  I must trust God’s faithfulness.  I must trust that He knows far better than I do what is necessary to reach each of our hearts.  And I must pray, pray, pray while I wait.  It is always worth waiting on God!  (Scripture quoted from ESV)