During my primary school years, whenever we went on school trips, it was never long before singing would start on the bus. If it was a long journey, the lads would normally croon, "Why are we waiting?"
These last 12 months have brought much waiting for all of us. Waiting for lockdowns to lift. Waiting to meet up with family.
Waiting is hard, especially when there's no end in sight.
In this season, many of us are also waiting for different things in our personal lives. Waiting for test results. Waiting to meet that "special someone". Waiting to hear about a job. Waiting for darkness to lift, or pain to ease. Waiting for God to bring breakthrough in some area.
Psalm 40:1 says: "I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry." Notice that David, who wrote this, says that he waited "patiently". That tells me that he didn't receive an answer from God as soon as he would have liked.
Waiting isn't easy. Especially in our modern "microwave culture", where we expect instant gratification and immediate results. Yet, waiting is simply part of life. We can't get around it. Therefore, the question isn't so much, "What you are waiting for?"; rather it's, "How are you waiting?"
We can wait with frustration, anxiety, stress, fear and hopelessness. Or we can with active trust, doing whatever we can do, while believing for God to do that which only He can do.
We can become angry, or resentful, with God. Or we can lean into Him and express all that's going on in our hearts.
We can complain and feel sorry for ourselves. Or we can look outwards and see whom we can help and encourage.
We don't usually get to choose IF we wait, but we can decide HOW we wait.
What if this season of waiting is just as important as what you're waiting for? Perhaps God wants to do something in you before He does something through you.
In Psalm 27, David is waiting for deliverance from his enemies. His family and friends have turned against him and he is crying out to God for safety and help.
I love how he finishes this psalm: "I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." (Psalm 27:13-14)
That is waiting with confident expectation and hope-filled faith.
God is with you in the waiting. And He is working in the waiting. It's up to you now - how will you wait?