We are all waiters of one sort or another. WAIT is a word we don’t much appreciate in our era of instant gratification, but there are different kinds of waiting.
Waiting in line (traffic, ATM, in a waiting room )
Focus: accomplishing a goal
Activity: just pass the time reading, chatting, listening to music, etc.
Waiting for an anticipated event (Christmas, birth of baby, Christ’s return)
Focus: desired future event
On the other hand, there is also waiting in dread, as for the results of a biopsy.
Focus: anticipated bad news
Mood: dread, sometimes denial
Activity: sometimes paralysis
Waiting on someone (at a restaurant, being a “lady in waiting” to royalty, waiting on God)
Focus: the one being served
Mood: devoted attention
Activity: anticipating & complying with the desires of the one being served
…my time is not my own.
…not needing what I want when I want it.
…trusting that God will work out what’s best in His time—for me and for the whole world.
…letting go of my own preferences and focusing on God and others.
But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength.
They will fly high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31