Appointment in the Waiting Room
I soon have an appointment with my Dentist who is a far piece away from my house. I always leave early, only to arrive on time and have to wait.
We spend so much of our lives waiting. As young parents, we utter the words “I can’t wait till he or she can walk, talk, get all their teeth, dress themselves, be potty trained…” The list continues to grow with each season of life.
Then, one day, we turn around and they are grown and have become adults so quickly. We ask, “Where did all the time go?”
But are we still guilty of saying, “I can’t wait until he or she…? Well, you know the rest.
As Christians, is this true of our lives? “My soul waits for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say more than they that watch for the morning.” (Psalm 130:6) Waiting can become frustrating as a believer and we can so easily loose hope.
Psalm 33:20 says that our soul should wait for the Lord. He is our help and our shield. When we are in that waiting room, we are not to do nothing or be idle. Lamentations 3:25 says, “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul that seeks Him.”
Is our soul seeking Him in the midst of waiting? What are you waiting for in regards to your adult children? Trust, me (especially if you are the mom ☺) this is not an easy task. But it is a necessary task for our soul and our relationship with our adult children.
To quote my husband, Charles Cavanaugh, “Waiting on the Lord will sorely test the reality and measure of your commitment to Him. There is noting quite so trying as the silence and seeming inactivity of God.”
When we find ourselves in the waiting room of our lives, we are not to be passive, but we should be active – actively seeking the Lord, resting, watching, and ultimately trusting in the Lord. Galatians 5:5 says, “For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.”
We must exercise a confidence of a waiting soul. While most of us don’t like to wait, some of us have learned to make good of those times we have to. We may read a book or work with our modern technology. I encourage you, as you are sitting in that literal waiting room or that spiritual waiting room that is your soul, rehearse and mediate on this Word: “For since the beginning of the world men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, besides thee, what He hath prepared for him that waiteth for Him.” (Isaiah 64:4)