Posted by: vftmom247 | 2012/08/06

Waiting on God to fulfill

Waiting…probably one of the least fun things in the world to do. Amazing how one minute can feel like an hour when you’re waiting. And not just at the Department of Motor Vehicles!

The thing is that Biblical women seem to spend a lot of time waiting. You’ve got Miriam, the sister of Moses, waiting to see if she would ever see her brother again, and the waiting to see what he’d do next. There’s Sarah, waiting for a child, Ruth waiting to see who would claim her for a wife, and all those wives of David, from Michal to Bathsheba, waiting to see him, shut away in the harem.

Doesn’t get much better in the New Testament. Elizabeth was waiting and hoping for a child, the woman at the well waiting for life to get better for her in sheer hopelessness, Mary and Martha waiting for Jesus to come to Lazarus’ deathbed. Even the bad women wait…how long do you think the mother of Salome had to wait for just the right moment to ask for the head of John the Baptist?

So what did these women do while they waited? It seems like most of them did what I suspect we usually do today; get on with normal life as they waited, maybe give up on what they were waiting for. Unfortunately, sometimes, you can also spend your life in unproductively scheming to get what you are waiting for, and trying to get your desire.

To my mind, Mary is the queen of waiting. Mary also is the one who made the most effective use of her waiting time. She put all her trust in God and pondered what God had revealed to her, as she was waiting for Him to unfold the next part of His plan for her. The wait was extremely painful for her sometimes. It must have been a agonizing time between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Yet, she pondered and kept faith with God. After all, she was in the upper room with the disciples when the Holy Spirit came upon them.

I do ponder things (sometimes) while I wait, but it does tend to be more of the “so what could have I done different to avoid this doggone wait?’ type of deal. Yeah, I know, less than productive. I forget that I am in God’s hands, that this wait is part of His plan for me. Maybe He wants me to ponder something, maybe He wants me to reach out to one of my fellow waiters..I don’t know. But God probably does not want me to sit and stew about it. Pondering involves listening in silence, as opposed to just recycling the ‘what ifs’ and “if onlys”. Maybe next time I’m stuck somewhere, the better thing to do would be to look around and try to figure out what God is calling me to do as I wait. Haven’t you also noticed that when we can just “Be still and listen”, God does tend to guide us.

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