Waiting in Line

Posted on May 01 , 2014 in Life Lessons

Waiting in Line

© By Brad L Hodges

Psalm 27:14
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.

Anyone who likes to wait raise their hand…

Wait in line at the grocery store
Wait in line at the coffee shop
Wait in line at a restaurant or fast food place
Wait in line at the bank
Wait in traffic
Wait at the toll bridge
Wait at the morning school drop off
Wait for the construction flag man
Wait for the doctor or dentist

Few things in our routine daily lives are critically worth waiting for if you ponder on it, but wait we do, and often quite impatiently for even the simplest of desires, wants and needs.

Given the deluge of instant technology into our lives where we can find, view or communicate in seconds, waiting is even more difficult when it comes to waiting on other humans in such activities as listed above.

We don’t like to wait for others because we somehow feel we are entitled to a priority pass in most situations that involve our fellow human beings. We place ourselves in a hierarchy mindset often feeling we are above waiting on mere people to get something we want.

But when it comes to waiting on God we enter into a totally different realm of waiting because we are not even remotely on the same plane as He is:

Isaiah 55:8
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.

Waiting for God to do something is far more difficult than waiting on humans to do something because we have absolutely no control over what God does and yet we somehow feel we do, or should have at least, some control over what our fellow humans do.

Waiting for God however, is replete with rewards and lessons. It is both humbling yet exhilarating at the same time because we know God truly has the power to do and accomplish anything should He choose to do so:

Isaiah 40:31 ESV
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

God has a purpose and a plan for everything He does in our lives and as often mentioned by this writer God has the omnipotent and omnipresent power to view every possible combination of circumstances in any event we are involved in. God cares about the outcome of circumstances and occurrences we encounter:

2 Peter 3:9 ESV
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

Isaiah 30:18 ESV
Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.

Lamentations 3:25 ESV
The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.

Waiting on God is for our own good and for His glory in all situations and we benefit greatly by patiently waiting on The Lord even in difficult situations:

Romans 5:3-4 ESV
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,

Isaiah 64:4 ESV
From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.

When you find yourself in a position of waiting on God always keep in mind and heart that He does hear us, and again; He will act if it is for our own good, and for His purposes.

Micah 7:7 ESV
But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.

The next time you find yourself waiting for your fellow human beings remember that God created us all and each of us fits into His plan in some way. We all have our places to be, our goals to accomplish and are loved equally by God so try to put waiting on people in the same perspective of waiting for God since we are all connected and are all part of His master plan.

You may never know what purpose God has for waiting but those you are waiting for have a purpose.

Since patience is one of the seven heavenly virtues it is good to apply it equally to waiting on your fellow humans as to waiting on God who equally created us all.

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