“Be still, and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10    

Have you ever gone to an amusement park with a young child?  They run from one ride to the next.  In their minds, if they hurry to the next attraction they won’t have to wait to enjoy it.  The line gets them every time.  I recently enjoyed some time with one of my nephews at an amusement park.  I didn’t think the lines were very long at all.  As a matter of fact, it didn’t bother me one bit to stand still for a few minutes before being tossed and jolted on the ride and then scrambling off to the next ride.  My nephew wasn’t so keen on standing still for even a minute.  You see, to him, the minute was unbearable.  That minute was interrupting his fun.  He wanted to go from ride to ride to ride with no wait time.  I couldn’t help but chuckle when he remarked about how long the lines were.  
Do you think God sometimes chuckles at us when we complain about having to wait?  We want to go directly from school to a dream job where we are very well compensated, have enormous amounts of influence and are treated with the respect we feel we are due.  We want our children to bypass the terrible twos or the trying teenage years and become the kind and successful individuals we have raised them to be.  We plan how we can avoid the deterioration of health and independence as we age.  We don’t want to wait and see.  We want to control and accomplish.

The Bible is full of stories of people who had to wait and see what the Lord was engineering for them.  Many of us have heard and read these stories for years and years but somehow we think we will be different.  There shouldn’t be any waiting for me.  My plan is the one that God should put into motion.  The people in the Bible stories had lessons to learn before they saw movement in their lives.  But what lesson could I possibly learn from the endless waiting?  

What lesson did the Israelites learn as one generation passed to another and they were still slaves in Egypt?  What lesson did the disciples learn as they watched Jesus die on the cross and then in fear, went into hiding?  What lesson do we learn from watching loved ones lose interest in daily life as the sickness intensifies and their strength fades?  
God is faithful.  That is the lesson the Israelites learned as they walked on dry ground across the Red Sea.  That is the lesson the disciples learned when, suddenly, Jesus was in the locked room with them, saying, “Peace be with you!”  That is the lesson we learn as we stand at the side of the grave and remember Jesus’ words, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die”.

Chances are you will endure much waiting during the course of your life.  I have, and there’s no sign it will let up anytime soon.  And that’s ok.  While you’re waiting you can learn from the bumps and bruises of the last experience.  And you never know when God is going to put an end to the waiting and open the way for you to run toward the next ride!

Prayer – Christian Worship, Hymn 415, verse 1: 

Be still, my soul; the Lord is on your side;
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain; 
Leave to your God to order and provide; 
In ev’ry change he faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul; your best, your heav’nly friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Your sister in Christ,
Amanda Artz