Have you ever heard the phrase “hurry up and wait?” So much of our time is consumed at the grocery checkout or queued up for a bank teller. Hours can go by at a doctor’s office or the DMV. It made me curious; how much time do we spend waiting?
Statistics show we spend about 6 months of our lives waiting in lines. A typical person spends around 43 days on hold waiting to speak with a customer service agent in their lifetime. The average commuter will endure more than 60 days of sitting in traffic over the course of their career. I was stunned to learn these numbers!
If we’ll wait through all those circumstances, how long are we willing to wait on Abba?
“Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14 ESV)
The word “wait” means to stay where we are or delay action until a particular time or event.
Waiting can be so hard, especially if we’re praying for a loved one, battling an illness, needing a job, or going through spiritual warfare. But the Father always answers our prayers, and He hears our cries to Him. His answer may be “yes,” “no,” or “wait.” He may be teaching us a lesson or perhaps He’s strengthening our faith muscles. He might be shutting doors that need closing for others to be opened. Either way, He will get the glory!
“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.” (Psalm 130:5 ESV)
This verse is so encouraging to me. Don’t give up. Don’t despair. Keep reading. Keep praying. Keep fighting. Keep crying out. Keep crawling even if you’re in the ditch. That answered prayer is just up ahead. It will come when Abba says it’s time. Not a minute before or a minute late, but right on time!
Yet, the ultimate reward will be when Abba returns for His children. Oh, how the wait will be so worth it!