I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord
more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning. Ps. 130:5-6
We are in the season of Advent, a time of preparation, a time of waiting. But people really do not like to wait. What happens in a store with long lines? People get grumpy (like me), people get impatient (like me), people look around to see if they are opening another line, or if a different line is shorter.
What about waiting for a return call, especially when waiting for medical news, or to hear from someone traveling in horrid weather? We are anxious, we are nervous, we just do not want to wait.
But God knows that waiting is actually good for us. God has us wait often. The prophets of the Hebrew Scriptures spoke about the anointed one, the Messiah to come. And they waited, never to see Him in their lifetimes.
When Jesus came and did not claim political power, even John the Baptist wondered if He was the one – John was waiting impatiently as he sat in prison.
We all have to wait for things. Sometimes it is minor, such as waiting in that supermarket line, sometimes it is huge, like waiting by the bedside as a loved one returns to God. But in all of this waiting, One remains with us. The Psalmist said “in his word I hope” and that is huge. For God’s word reminds us constantly and consistently that God will be with us. His promise is to be with us “unto the end of the age.” The Holy Spirit dwells within us. The Son is called Emmanuel, “God with us” for a reason.
Today you may be waiting for something. Hope in God’s word, for there you will find the promise.