Picture this: You’re sitting in your classroom, three minutes before class is supposed to start. Time passes. It’s three minutes past time now, and your teacher isn’t there. Ten minutes go by. Still no teacher. As much as you doodle on your notebook and complain to your classmates, the teacher doesn’t come.
We’ve all waited for people. We’ve all kept a lot of people waiting, too.
Waiting seems to imply expectation. When I wait for my teacher, I am expecting her to come. Waiting also implies a fulfillment. I am expecting my teacher not only to come, but to fulfill the job of a teacher by… teaching.
A few months ago, I realized that I was waiting on people, expecting them to fulfill certain ideas I had for them. I expected that so-and-so would fulfill this area of my life, and what’s-her-name would fulfill another. And I would literally wait for them to do these things… I would sit around and think, “Anytime, now, this person will meet my expectations.”
One day, as I was sitting around, waiting for a certain friend to fulfill a certain “need,” I realized that I was waiting in the wrong place.
What was I waiting for? For my friend to notice me. For another person to seek me out. For my friend to think about me. For a group of friends to make me feel loved.
And what in the world was I doing waiting for that from flawed humans.
God has taken notice of me. God has loved me fully and completely. God thinks about me, many and precious thoughts. God pursues me relentlessly.
For years, I have been a hungry person, craving the biggest, most beautiful, most delicious Chick-fil-A sandwich, with a side of the crispiest waffle fries and a big milkshake to wash it down…………. And I’ve been waiting for it in the Value Village parking lot.
I’m not craving a bad thing; I’m just waiting for it in the wrong place. The place I’m waiting isn’t bad, either, but it’s never going to be able to satisfy my needs. And it is so inferior to what I could be waiting for!
This is where I’m at right now. Learning to wait on the Lord, not on people. Maybe you wait on other things. Maybe not friends… maybe events, or achievements, or money. Whatever it is for you… don’t settle for the Value Village parking lot when you could have a Chick-fil-A sandwich. It’s not easier. It’s not quicker. You might not always get exactly what you want. But God promises never to disappoint those who wait for Him, and He is always the God who supplies our needs.
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” (Psalm 27:4)
“But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me” (Micah 7:7).
“From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him” (Isaiah 64:4).