Friday, April 24, 2009

God's Waiting Room

"I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure in the landscape, the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it--the whole story doesn't show."

Andrew Wyeth

Sitting. Fidgeting. Pacing. Twiddling. Occupying. Watching. Lingering. Doubting. Anticipating. Expecting. Counting. Wondering. It is a personal way. Different for different times and different people. Dreaded, even despised, by most, however, regardless of the joy or pain of the appointed purpose.

When my son called from Missouri and told me he and his precious family were coming for a visit the week after Easter, what joy and anticipation swiftly flew into my heart! I counted the weeks, reviewed the days, and impatiently suffered til that moment when at last, I saw their faces, held them all in my arms, and grasped and kissed my little grandchildren once again, almost four months having passed since last seeing them. My nest was full again. For one week.

I later dreaded the moment of their coming departure, the approaching quietness of our home, grieving, for our moments together had been rich, but few. Upon their leaving, I comforted myself with the future anticipation of seeing them again. And so began a new time of waiting. A new place of occupying. A new season of expectation.

It is not in our human frame to pleasure abiding. Most of us abhor standing in line, waiting for our doctor, spending time in a drive-through, having to build a savings for a want or need, sitting at a red light, occupying ourselves before the server brings our dinner, watching our watches while we watch for loved ones, wondering when the surgeon will appear, worrying about the happenings behind a closed door, hoping for the miracle for which we've long prayed. It's unpleasant. Uncomfortable. Undesirable. Even. . . miserable.

Yet, God designed the waiting time. He who spoke the world into existence did so in six days, choosing to craft His creation over time, when in one fell swoop, God could have done all in a single breath. Later, God chose that Abraham and Sarah wait for His promise. And again, hundreds of years ahead, the Israelites had to wait for their deliverance, while God hardened Pharaoh's heart and demonstratively proved His own mighty power, that He alone was God. The people of God were tested, too, as they had their waiting time, anticipating the Passover, standing at the Red Sea, and wandering about in the wilderness.

And in due time, when Israel had a perverse king, David was anointed by Samuel, chosen by God as the new one to lead His people. Providence reigned. Yet, rather than becoming immediate ruler, David found himself running from a mad, jealous Saul, hiding in caves and dodging spears. God ordained David's waiting time. Just as He ordained His own Son's. Just as He ordained the disciple's, telling them to wait til they received power from on high. Just as He ordained the Apostle Paul's time of waiting, of imprisonment, of persecution, of the unknown.

Throughout the scriptures, time and again, God's people were ordained waiters. Called to abide. Chosen to linger. Commanded to obey. Without natural hope. Without seeing God with natural eyes. Without assurance from a natural world. Without hearing with natural ears. But, . . . with the promise of God's word. With the vision of His glory. With faith in a covenant-keeping God of love. With the knowledge of the One who is faithful, true, holy. With spiritual ears that propelled them to believe. With understanding that eternity is real. God's people waited. Because He asked them to wait. Simply because God asked.

And He still asks. Us. You. Me. All Christians everywhere are called to wait. To have faith, vision, obedience, trust, and hope, when we don't understand. When God's word seems scarce, but stress is abundant; when we feel alone and helpless, and there is no earthly comfort. When we wander around in our personal desert, with no apparent clue to direction, no map to provide escape, no one to phone for deliverance, God asks us to abide.

Isaiah 30:18 speaks of God's waiting room. "Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are those who wait for Him." We are chosen for God's waiting room that we may be blessed. And that He may be glorified.

For waiting involves faith, hope, and trust. It proves our love and dedication to God and our walk with Him. Through our patience and obedience, God is proven worthy, faithful, omnipotent, glorious, for His ultimate deliverance shows Him gracious. Then, God is exalted! Our faith in Him brings Him glory and honor! And because we have honored God and brought Him glory, He blesses us.

God shows us mercy because of our obedience while in His waiting room. The Hebrew word for mercy means favour, to stoop down with kindness, to bestow, and to implore, or to move to favour by petition, the petition of our faithfulness during our waiting. And do not forget His word to us in I Corinthians 10:13, which tells us that God will not allow us to go through more than we can bear but in all circumstances always makes an eventual path of escape. And again, by Isaiah 40:31, we know that all who wait on God will be renewed, strengthened, like a mighty eagle that soars, our faithfulness to our Lord brings to us new life, edification, maturity, and power to face future issues in life.

I pray for each of you today. In the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, that you will be edified and strengthened. That you will rise on eagle's wings to a place in God that will give you strength, wisdom, peace, wholeness, and new life. May God bless you this weekend, meet your every need, and give you the desires of your heart. Remember, He loves you with everlasting love.
Scripture is from NKJV

29 comments:

  1. What beautiful thoughts!!
    Thank you SO much for this rich encouragement
    in the ways of the Lord!!!!

    Many Blessings~ Miss Jen

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  2. It is amazing to me that a dear one, such as yourself, would take the time to pray for one, such as I,that you don't even know. I am even more amazed that a God such as ours would love me enough to send His Son to die in my place! What an amazing God we have!
    Thank you for praying!
    Blessings!

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  3. I am so glad you visited my blog and I in turn was able to find yours. What a wonderful word regarding "waiting". I love the scripture, Isaiah 40:31. I appreciated your comment on my blog that we don't burn out or become weary when we focus on the Lord and His Love.

    Nice to meet you, BarbaraJean

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  4. Oh, I just noticed the picture under "take comfort". That picture hung in my bedroom throughout my childhood. I always saw it as my big sister and brother and then I was finally given one like it with just one little blonde girl(me)and my guardian angel. I haven't seen that picture in many years. What a sweet remembrance. Thank you.

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  5. I really needed to read these encouraging words today. They are so true....God's promises are what we need to hold on to while we wait and "abide". Thank you for your prayers, dear sister!

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  6. "Yet, God designed the waiting time ..." !

    Oh how my soul does often kick against the goad of being still and knowing He is God. But when it obeys, and when I am quiet in the waiting, a heavenly symphony often plays throughout. The dull becomes grand; the lonely becomes solitude. It is then that "it is well with my soul."

    What a lovely collection of thought (and inspiration) for we waiters. There is glory in the grace of it!

    Be blessed,
    Kathleen

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  7. Thank you for the prayer for all of us. This post was so timely for me. Been waiting on a situation. Sometimes waiting is part of the answer and I so needed to be remeinded of this.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Cindy

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  8. Andrea, thank you so very much for this very comforting word today. It has been something the Lord is dealing with me regarding waiting for the direction of our son's life. I know God has a plan for him and I wish I knew it, but God knows and that is best! He is teaching me to wait on Him and all the goodness he has for our son.
    You are such an encouragement to all who gather here. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
    In Christ,
    Sue

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  9. Thank you for your thoughtful comments on my blog. I'm learning to love the state of abiding and waiting. It forces you to engage in the spiritual disciplines of meditation and contemplation. I've lately been meditating on:
    Cease striving and know that I am God. Ps. 46:10
    In repentance and rest you will be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength. Is. 30:15

    I too grew up with the "Take Comfort" picture in my room. My mom gave it to me when I began to be afraid of the dark.

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  10. I wait anxiously, and excitedly for His return!
    Susan

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  11. Good post Andrea and I so feel for you as you have said goodbye to your dear family. I remember well the days when my parents and in-laws were alive and it was so hard saying good bye at say Christmas time knowing it would be Easter beforre I saw another family member.

    Yes m y garden can be very peaceful and restful and I have heard God speak tome many times there. In the days when I had a weeping willow tree I even sensed his Spirit in the wind blowing through it one time.

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  12. Powerful post! I love the scripture references you used...my favorite---ICorinthians!

    I was so blessed here! I have never been to your blog--thank you for your visit to mine and your encouraging words!

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  13. What a wonderful blog you have.. Thank you for the post.
    God is everywhere ..we just have to stop ..be still..and know He
    is God.

    Deena

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  14. Wonderfully written! It is difficult at times to be still and wait but our Lord is always faithful (thank goodness!). What an uplifting message for today and everyday:)

    Blessings,

    Kim

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  15. Hi there. This is my first visit to your very inviting blog.
    I was extremely encouraged by your entry about waiting. God is so good. When we have to wait He is able to give us His grace to do so and as long as we keep our focus on Him we can wait. I am waiting for something at the moment and it seems as if it will never come, BUT I serve a God who knows the desires of my heart and I am able to rest and trust in Him.

    THANK YOU so much for your encouraging words.

    Bless you.
    Carol

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  16. Waiting is the theme of my life. I will have to invite you again to visit a previous post I wrote entitled: "Waiting - 1"

    Through the years, God has given me a wonderful opportunity to live out a "spirituality of waiting." Yes, I agree with every word you wrote. You and I both know what waiting does to our souls and spirits!

    I can't believe that you quoted the very verse God spoke to me a few days ago and about which I wrote in my blog entry for today! But then again, nothing about God surprises me anymore.

    And by the way, I have given you a Sisterhood Blog Award. Please pick it up at my April 27 post.

    You are a blessing!

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  17. I found you through Carol's blog, and so enjoyed my visit. Thank you.

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  18. Waiting is not always my forte and I love your thoughts on the subject. You are correct that God's people are ordained waiters, but it is so hard sometimes. Your post brings to mind Psalm 27:14 ~ it instructs us to wait on the Lord, be of good courage, allow Him to strengthen our hearts, and again to wait on Him.

    Thank you for visiting and for your sweet comments on yesterday's post. I hope you have a wonderful week!

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  19. Nice to meet you! We share some favorite movies...and a risen Saviour!

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  20. Hi Andrea,

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. You have beautifully deep thoughts. What a blessing those thoughts are to others!

    Nice to meet you!

    Be blessed to overflowing,
    Beautiful Grace

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  21. Hello Andrea,
    Thank you for coming by and for leaving such sweet comments, I was truly blessed.
    I am also truly blessed by my visit here on you blog tonight. Your post on God's Waiting Room is one of the most inspiring post I believe I have ever read.
    I started blogging to meet other christian women who love God and want to serve Him by serving their family and others.And so that we might be able to share with one another.
    I have met some of the most godly women and have been so blessed and I am so glad to meet you.
    Blessings,
    Sue

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  22. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a lovely comment. Though I have lived in Georgia for my entire life, we are praying that the Lord will make a way for us to purchase land in Alabama that has been in my family since my great great grandfather.
    I'll be back to visit your blog soon when I'll have more time to slow down and absorb your writing.

    God bless,
    Tammy

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  23. Andrea, thank you for visiting my blog after having discovered it from Crown of Beauty (yes, Lidj is a beautiful friend!). I appreciated your comment and and happy to have found your blog. I'm always glad to meet another sister in Christ!

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  24. What joy to have found you. Thank you for your prayer...Thank you for caring for the ladies that share each other through the "web" and put friendships together during this time.

    I live with the knowledge that my Lord Jesus lives in me. I am not afraid of waiting for His return because I know He will!

    Thank you for visiting my small space in "blogland"

    Many blessings to you Andrea...May Our Lord continue to guide you to share His word.

    Lady M

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  25. Mrs. Andrea,
    Thanks for stopping by and visiting for a spell at my blog! And thanks for following! I love your blog! I love the Victorian decor! Thanks for the encouraging post! It is always best to wait on the Lord! He will give us strength--and His best.

    Jennifer

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  26. Dear Andrea.... I am at a loss as to why my pic was removed from your followers. I just tried to "rejoin" and can't get my photo to appear. My sincere apologies for any grief this has cause you... I am trying my best to become one of your friends again but Mr. Google isn't cooperating!!!!!

    Martha

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  27. Each time I come to visit you I want to say more than I do in my comments, but find it hard to bring the words together. We have not known each other long, but I enjoy reading your posts and want to thank you Andrea for saying the first hello. best wishes Julie.C

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  28. Dear Andrea,

    How comforting it is to visit you. I know I can come and receive encouragement and be uplifted in Christ through you. Thank you for sharing these nuggets of wisdom. May the Lord bless the words on these pages to touch and move many hearts toward Himself.

    I know, as I am sure many of us do, what it is to be in God's waiting room. For five years I waited with nothing but silence and grief in my heart, but trusting Him, nonetheless. I wanted to take matters into my own hands and make things happen, but I knew if I did, I would be disobeying my Lord and leaning on my own understanding. Therefore, I waited...

    God in His infinite wisdom took me out of the waiting room just last year. I am so thankful that He made a way of escape and I was able to bear it. Now, I can give glory and praise to His name for His goodness.

    Grace and peace,
    Mrs. Teapot

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  29. Andrea, your blog is so peaceful..I love the music...I didnt have much luck picking out music..Dean Martin when your in love was..all I could find...what I wanted was something like what you have here...peaceful, but I dont know the names,can you help me find something peaceful that would go well with my blog? I am so new at this. Am close to Springfield as you know.We go to James River there off 65 Hwy.The Parson's wife is a great Blog name..what a wonder way to touch others. My goal is to help people remember to laugh, smile and think of love..and remember what it was being small. For if the world saw things through the eyes of a child....what a better place it would be while we await HIS return.Thanks
    Deborah

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Thank you for visiting. I cherish your thoughts. You are special to me, but most of all, you are special to God, who loves you with everlasting love. May your life be swept into His joy and peace.

In the Wonderful Love of Christ our Savior,

Andrea