Friday, March 29, 2013
Are You In The Waiting Room With God?
I was in the doctor's office, trying to be patient while waiting for my name to be called.
I brought a book to read and tried to read it, but there were lots of people there and I was distracted by their talking, by children running around, by people coming and going. Finally I gave up and just sat there.
Every time a door opened I looked up. Was it my turn? Was it the nurse coming to call my name? Was there finally going to be an end to this interminable waiting? Was I finally going to get the chance to put this behind me and get ON with my life?
If I had read my book I would have been able to distract myself with something pleasant, and time would have passed much more quickly.
If I had allowed myself to get interested in what was going on around me, I might have had a pleasant talk with the friendly looking gal next to me, or played peekaboo with that sweet little baby, or asked the little boy how old he was.
I might have been able to forget how I was feeling for awhile and get my mind on something else instead of dwelling on the pain.
Instead, my focus was on the door.
Sometimes during difficult times it can feel like you are in the waiting room with God. Waiting and waiting for Him to call your name.
Waiting for it to be your turn. Waiting for Him to deliver you out of the waiting room into the room where the Doctor is IN. Waiting for it to be over!
It's hard to be in that waiting room. Waiting can seem like forever. Waiting can seem pointless. Waiting can seem painful. Waiting can seem unfair, after all, weren't you here first?
But you have to remember that, just as that nurse eventually called my name, God is going to call YOUR name. He is not going to forget about you. He loves you!
A lot can happen in that waiting room with God. We can grow in patience, and trust, and faith. We can reach out to others who are hurting.
We can get involved in what is going on around us and take joy in Him, even when the circumstances seem difficult. Because we know God's GOT this and He is going to call our name.
We can trust in His timing, we can trust in His plan, and we can trust in His purpose.
Or we can sit there and stare at the door. Oblivious to everyone and everything.
Are YOU in the waiting room with God? What are you going to focus on today? Are you going to try and enjoy those around you and keep moving forward and wait patiently for God to deliver you? Or are you going to just sit and stare at the door?
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