I ended my last post with the statement “I’ll just have to wait and see.” As I typed those words, I realized what my next post would be about.
The word “waiting” often invokes thoughts of idleness, boredom, inactivity for people. I think it is safe to say that waiting is perceived as being a static word. So it is both interesting and ironic to me that this “waiting” stage of life is keeping me busier, I think, than I have ever been before.
I am in my second year of marriage. I have not yet been a parent for half a year, and I am barely past the halfway mark of my first year of teaching. I am blessed to lead a worship team and have the honor of mentoring three young men in the faith. My wife and I are on the board of directors for a Christian camp in the area, and I coach and coordinate the basketball teams for our school. (I’m up at 6:30 on my Saturday off to go to a basketball tournament!)
Wait? When?! I hardly feel like there is time to catch my breath, let alone wait for anything.
There are several ironies in the Christian faith; The “now” but “not yet” kingdom of God in the church age; the “resting” in Christ that produces “works” of righteousness, and let us not forget Jesus, the God-man. That’s a good one!
I think waiting and busyness fall into this category as well. In reference to the Lord’s second coming in Matthew 24, Christians are referred to as servants whose master has left on a journey; those who are truly awaiting their masters return will be found about the masters business upon his arrival. Waiting? Yes. Busy? YES.
While it is an irony that is easier to reconcile than the others above, it is interesting nonetheless to consider that waiting on the Lord may not always be a matter of stillness, but that of faithfully attending to present responsibilities and obligations.
This is the pattern by which I wait on the Lord; may my endeavors be acceptable and pleasing unto him!