You can get so confused
that you’ll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…
…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.
Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.
~Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You’ll Go!
Have you ever been here?
In the waiting place?
How does it make you feel?
I know how it makes ME feel!!!!
- Like a failure
But you know what the Lord says about waiting?
Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! ~Isaiah 30:18
Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. ~Isaiah 64:4
Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. ~Proverbs 8:34
I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. ~Psalm 40:1
Lord, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God. ~Psalm 38:15
Reading these biblical truths, you know what I see?
We are blessed, He is acting on our behalf, He hears us, and He will answer.
Dr. Suess missed one thing.
Waiting is no useless business.
While it may feel like it, while it may appear we are stuck in no man’s land and while we are waiting for whatever it is, the waiting is no useless business!!!
Then they believed his promises and sang his praise.
But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold.
In the desert they gave in to their craving;
in the wilderness they put God to the test.
Just as a steak rests after grilling to redistribute the juices and an unborn child takes 9 months to ready himself for the world, so we are preparing in our waiting.
Let’s not forget what He has done and give in to our cravings, giving way to our wandering! (heaven forbid it would be for 40 years, too!)
Let’s wait in expectation for the glory that is already ours for those who are in Christ!
May my heart pray this a little bit every day, that I would learn, hope, trust, believe and expect in the waiting place.