When Waiting Is All You Can Do

Chic Broersma

Read: Psalm 37:1-9

I wait for you. (Ps. 25:21)

If you enjoy waiting, you’re rare. For most it’s among our least favorite activities. We wait in traffic lines, at the supermarket, at the bank. Husband and wives wait. Which wallpaper will she ever choose? When will he ever fix that leaky faucet?

If you’re typical, you probably find waiting especially hard. You want to “get on with it!” Yet waiting has its values. Waiting can deepen our faith. Waiting can produce acts of love that are helpful to others and ourselves. In the Bible waiting is almost synonymous with faith. We need to speak to our noisy, anxious selves. “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him” (Ps. 37:7). “They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength” (Isa. 40:31).

So when you find yourself in a waiting mode, make your waiting an act of faith. Quiet yourself before God. Tell God you offer your waiting to him as an act of faith. This will make your waiting more acceptable and more manageable for you. Think clearly about what future actions will be available for you.

As you wait in faith remember that God is active. When all you can do is wait, remember God is active. Imagine a bone-weary Hebrew father at the family table in ancient Egypt. He wonders, where is God? Meanwhile God is sending baby Moses’ sister down to the Nile River to save his life. Later this same Moses will lead the captives to freedom. —Chic Broersma

Prayer: O Lord, I pray for those whose waiting is more painful than my own.