The Waiting Room
Monday, December 18
Anne Moore, RPC member since February 2016
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. - Romans 8:28 (NIV)
Waiting is never easy for anyone. In this day of instant gratification, it makes it even more difficult to wait. I've spent most of my adult life working with children, and I know firsthand that misbehavior can occur when there is time to wait. A toddler waiting in the grocery store line with his mother will begin to act up. An understanding mother will distract a child with songs, games, and conversation.
Adults are not much different than an anxious toddler in a long line. When we wait, we feel as it we have no control, and we begin to lose sight of God as the controller of our lives. We begin to "act up." Just like a nurturing parent, God distracts us in our waiting and sends us reminders that He is in control.
Sometimes we find it hard to wait, because we are excited about the event - a graduation, a vacation, a wedding. Other times we don't know the outcome or when the waiting period will be over (test results, job searches), and we can become anxious. And perhaps the hardest kind of waiting is when you fear the outcome.
Recently I found myself waiting for the inevitable - for my father's cancer to take his life. My life was disrupted from the normal day-to-day routine, and now was swallowed up with fear, uncertainty, and worry. I knew the day would come when he would take his last breath, but I didn't know when. During this waiting time, God sent assurance of His love. An unexpected kind word from a friend, a timely topic in Bible study, a small improvement in my father's comfort, or a song on the radio all reminded me that God was at work. Although I couldn't see the big picture and understand all that was happening, I knew that He was with me and His work is good.
Dear God, it can be hard to wait through the tough times in life. Please distract us from the anxiousness of waiting by showing us that you are at work for the good of those who love you. Amen.
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