In the story in Exodus 24 there is lots of waiting. The expression “Hurry up and wait” comes to mind!! Moses tells the people to wait here, Joshua waits part way up the mountain, Moses waits for 6 days in the cloud, and then the people wait for 40 more days. If I were there I’d have been expecting a quick up and back down the mountain trip. I’m sure Joshua didn’t think he’d be there waiting for almost 7 weeks! But they waited. Often times we wait too.
Often times we will pray and then wait for an answer. And we wait. Despite our waiting, sometimes we miss the answer. Maybe it is not the answer we were looking for so we don’t see that God has answered. Maybe it is an answer we do not want so we fail to see the answer. But God is faithful and He always answers our prayers.
At other times we are willing to wait. Sometimes we wait well. Songs like “Waiting Here For You” speak of the anticipation we have as we await the presence of our Lord. In our prayer time we can enter into a period of silence and expectantly wait for God. As we go through Advent we look forward to the coming of the Christ child much like a young child anticipates opening that big box under the Christmas tree. At times we wait well.
Other times we choose to wait when we shouldn’t. And in some cases we are patient. Very patient. We can see something that needs done, but we are willing to wait for someone else to do it. We can see it needs done, but… In other situations we can feel a nudge to do something, but we hold back. In these cases we must challenge our fears, our lack of faith, our whatever to step into whatever God is calling us to do. Whether it is someone hungry standing before us or a task that need done at work, at home, or at church, we are being called to be servants. We are told in scriptures not to wish someone to be well-fed… when we have food… to spare.
May we be willing to wait when seeking the Lord as we grow in or faith. And may we also be willing not to wait when God has placed before us a situation where He is calling us to take action and live as His hands and feet in our worlds. In either case, we rest upon the fact that God is faithful.