This Waiting Thing

Watering:

…they soon forgot what he had done
and did not wait for his plan to unfold.
In the desert they gave in to their craving;
in the wilderness they put God to the test.
So he gave them what they asked for,
but…

(Psalm 106:13-15)

Watching:

People hate to wait. There is not one of us that loves it. Waiting in line. Waiting in traffic. Waiting for Mr. or Miss Right to come along.

The trouble is: waiting must be learned,

… which usually means lots of crying, and whining, and tantrums, oh my!

It also usually means piles of desert and mountains of wilderness.

And the trouble is: it’s easy to feel deserted in the desert and lost in the wilderness. It’s easy to forget where you came from and where you’re going when the horizon looks the same as the day before and the forest is masked by all the trees. It’s downright easy to give up.

Waiting is hard. It’s boot camp and it sucks.

But we’ve all seen the result when waiting is NOT taught:

That kid in the grocery store with the bad case of the “I wants” and the “Gimmes.”and his tired parents shushing, then threatening, then bargaining, then caving in… Only to have another bigger “I want” and “Gimme” lurking on the next aisle.

That driver that pounces on the horn, flattens down the pedal, and flies his (or her) little birdie out of its pent up cage.

That Isrealite who mumbled and grumbled and got what they thought they wanted… along with a wasting disease.

This NOT-waiting thing can get pretty ugly…

Wondering:

but those who wait on the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

I was a waitress for 25 years. When I read this, I think of waiting tables.

Waiting is not sitting around. Waiting is tending to the business at hand.

Waiting is using the time in the NOW

… Waiting is taking orders, filling up waters, being ready and willing and attentive

… and believe me, there isn’t any time to think about the desert wilderness.

Jesus is supping with me.

I get to wait on His table… how totally honored am I?!

(And I hear His tips are out of this world.)

Waiting:

Lord, I would like to be your best waitress ever. Would you teach me?

Watering Today: Psalms 106; Prov 20, ps 20, 120; Jeremiah 45-47;  John 21

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