Sunday, March 18, 2012


Much of my life has involved waiting. The childhood waitings of waiting for a tooth to fall out, or waiting to have a certain birthday, or waiting to drive a car were tough at times to my young self. Then there are the grown-up waitings of waiting in lines, waiting for the "right" job, waiting to get married, waiting to have children, and waiting until a relationship is restored. The more important waitings in my life have always been about God.

Waiting on God is even more important than I ever realized. These times are the ones where He reveals who He truly is. I don't mean just His character in the sense of patience, or hope, or faith and trust, although these are certainly part of what I absorb from Him while waiting. I am talking about His Love.

God is more about Love than anything else. He says nothing can ever separate us from His Love. That means we are always close to Him, tied and tethered if I will say, and we are always connected to Him even when our feelings, situations, thoughts, wounds, and people in our lives dictate otherwise.

As God's people, we will always be waiting while we're here on earth. Since Heaven is our true home, we'll be waiting until He takes us home (although death does not have the final answer) or Jesus comes to retrieve us. Waiting for this is the longest waiting of all for me.

To be sure, I am very overdue with our second baby right now, and waiting on this child is growing increasingly difficult as the days and even hours pass. However, I am waiting on my Lord with an peaceful yet insatiable need for His presence, to see Him face to Face, as though everything in my life depended on this. And it does.

So, dear sojourner, I close with reminding you Who you are waiting for, and on, and encouraging you with these words from Revelation 14:12:

"This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God's commandments and remain faithful to Jesus."