For parents, the weeks leading up to birth are stressful. If you don’t agree, read my post from yesterday. It will stress you out. But it’s not only because of the fear of complications, lack of money, and the unknowns associated with birth. It’s also the WAITING.
In all reality, Emily could pop at any moment now. True, her due date is not for another 2 1/2 weeks, but we’re officially full-term, so our little guy could decide he’s ready 2 1/2 minutes from now and make his way into the world. This puts a whole new dimension of feelings into the mix — thoughts of WAITING.
In my perfect world, God would tell me (audibly, of course, because it’s my perfect world) the exact time and day James will arrive, insuring that I have packed the bags properly, planned time off work accordingly, and escaped the need to continuously ask Emily about her recent contractions. Was that a big one? How many have you had in the last hour? I would have no need for WAITING.
But what if waiting has some special purpose? What if God has designed, in some strange only-God-knows way, waiting to be part of His plan?
Isaiah tells us that when we wait, we will be given strength.
David cries out, Wait on the Lord!
James instructs to be patient and wait for the return of Jesus.
Paul tells the Romans, “We know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” (Romans 5:3-5, NIV).
In my eyes, waiting and suffering are synonymous. To wait is to suffer. And when we wait, leaning on God’s understanding, we can know that our waiting will lead perseverance, which leads to character, which points to hope. And our hope is found in God’s love. AND we don’t have to wait alone. We have the Holy Spirit, “who has been given to us” on our side.
So when we wait, we continue to develop our faith and trust in our Savior. When we wait, we acknowledge we are not in control, and we have to look to Jesus. When we wait, God is glorified.
What are you waiting for?