I’ve considered the topic of waiting in my past three random thoughts; each time from the perspective of our learning to wait with grace. But we must recognize that God also waits, and because he waits, we too wait for the ultimate resolution of our human weaknesses.
2 Peter 3:8-13 (ESV)
8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.
11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness,
12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!
13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
And consider too lesson of the waiting Father:
Luke 15:11-32 (NASB95)
11 And [Jesus] said, “A man had two sons.
12 “The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.’ So he divided his wealth between them.
13 “And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living.
14 “Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be impoverished.
15 “So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16 “And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him.
17 “But when he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger!
18 ‘I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight;
19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.” ’
20 “So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
Note that the Father saw him … the implication is that he was looking for him; waiting for him.
Yes, we live in a seeming perpetual state of waiting for something. We are always waiting to finish the week, to meet Mr. or Mrs. Right, to find the perfect job, to figure out the perfect words, to be released from pain, or discouragement, or some other weakness.
And yes, we don’t really like waiting – maybe because it implies something is imperfect in our lives?
But, somewhat ironically, waiting brings gifts from God … especially as we learn to respond in hope and humility, and with character. In fact, waiting itself should be embraced thankfully as a gift from God that shapes our lives.
Do we hope in the one who will come through? The only one who can deal with a world that is broken? And with lives that are broken? Or do we hope in ourselves or others, short circuiting the work of God by embracing things that will ultimately fail.
Do we humbly submit that we are not the center? God is. Do we get that God, in order to graciously bring salvation to all he designs to save, waits too?