Several years ago, while we were trying to get pregnant with our first son, I wrote this blog. While it’s not new, hopefully it’ll help you or someone you know who is waiting on God.
Recently, I had a conversation with my mother-in-law about how sometimes the Christian life is like a waiting room. You know. You’ve all been there. You check in, show proof of insurance, fill out some paperwork, and then you sit and wait.
You are not alone. Singles. Families with young children.
They surround you. They all feel the same anticipation as they glance at their watches or the clock on the wall.
Armed with a good book or whatever happens to be the most attractive reading material available, you settle in. You have come to see the doctor. You made an appointment.
You showed up on time. You expect him to see you in a timely fashion, right?
A woman walks in and approaches the counter. She apologizes for not having an appointment, but she is adamant about seeing the doctor. She looks like someone who is used to getting what she wants, and you feel a twinge of pity for the poor receptionist. She’s spouting off something about her insurance company approving a treadmill for her weight loss program. She claims that all she needs a signature. She refuses to wait quietly like the rest of you are. You want to shout, “Come off it, lady. Sit down and wait your turn.” But you wouldn’t dare. And she wouldn’t listen anyway. She rants, she raves, and eventually, she gets the doctor’s attention.
You want to shout at the doctor from across the room.
“But I was here first. We all were! We made appointments. We did everything right. How come you’re going to see her before you see us? She doesn’t even have an appointment!”
Sometimes, in the Christian life, we feel like we are stuck in the waiting room. Whether you’re waiting for healing, waiting on a job offer, waiting for someone’s forgiveness, or just waiting for Him to provide financially for your family, you sit patiently. You wait. You faithfully pray for an answer every single day with an assurance that God will answer you.
You’re waiting for the Doctor.
You glance at your watch. Perhaps you’ve only been waiting for a few minutes. Or maybe you’ve been waiting for days. Months, even? Dare I say, years? It seems like everyone around you is getting in to “see the doctor” before you do.
Arms crossed, lip stuck out, you pout.
“It’s not fair!” (Which, admittedly, just so happens to be one of my all-time favorite phrases.)
You think, “I’m doing everything right! What else can I do?”
And yet the Doctor still hasn’t healed you, He hasn’t pulled you out of your emotional pit, your financial depths, your waiting room. You wonder if you’ll ever get out of the dark closet where you sit and stir.
Well, David felt this way, too.
Psalm 13 says, “How long, Oh Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide Your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me, and answer O Lord, my God. Give light to my eyes or I will sleep in death. My enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall. But I will trust in your unfailing love. My heart rejoices in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me.”
It seemed to David that the Lord had forgotten Him—deserted him even. He cried out to the Lord, and he felt like God was ignoring him. David wrestled with his own thoughts and the sorrow and self-pity that threatened to steal his joy. He even felt sometimes that it might have been easier for him to be dead than to wait on the Lord. Yet, David didn’t give in to the sadness that sat with him in his waiting room. He put his hope in God’s unfailing love.
Later, in Psalm 27:13-14 David wrote, “I am still 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.”
And in Psalm 130:5, he wrote, “I will wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word, I put my hope.”
You might be in the waiting room for a short time, or you may be there for much longer than you’d anticipated. Take David’s advice.
Be strong, and take heart.
And while you’re there, check God’s Word. It might just be the best reading material for you as you sit in your waiting room.