Saturday, May 2, 2009

Hurry Up & Wait

We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. (Psalm 33:20)

Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. (James 5:7)

The past few days, I have been taking my turn staffing our booth at the state's largest disability conference. During the breakout sessions, you find yourself in the exhibitors hall waiting... a lot. One or two people may straggle by when they leave their breakout because it's not quite what they expected. Other bored exhibitors take the opportunity to check out and connect with other vendors during the lull too.

I found it ironic that I rushed to the conference center only to find myself sitting and waiting. And then it suddenly occurred to me that a disproportionate part of our lives are spent waiting. We wait for:
  • health to improve

  • a diagnosis to be given

  • doctors to see us

  • financial aid to come in

  • things to get better

  • people to be more accepting

  • therapies to be completed

  • pain to end

  • family & friends to be more supportive

  • Heaven

This life can get so tiresome and discouraging. How critical it is to cling to the hope that God will make good on all His promises to those who wait on Him! So often I long for the renewed strength and stamina He has stored up for me. (Isaiah 40:29-31) Who doesn't look forward to the day when He will wipe away every tear and there will be no more pain or suffering or fear? (Rev 21:4) No human life lacks the need to feel comfort and compassion. (2 Corin 1:3-4)

Let us be of support to one another as we find ourselves in life's waiting room. Encouraging our fellow travelers to keep that eternal focus can bless us all with the stamina it takes to endure. And realize that only the Holy Spirit can fill us with the peace needed to be still, wait, trust, be anxious for nothing, and know that He is God.


  1. Many of the folks that I work with can directly relate to this waiting game. Waiting is almost an inevitable factor for those with developmental disabilities. Many are on waiting lists after they get out of high school... waiting for funding in order to get long term funding, etc. It is almost as if those of us that are in the systems that support them just see this as a normal part of life. However, if it was this way for anyone else, there would be a much louder outcry of resistance. Perhaps God is teaching us who serve those with disabilities to be advocates for their time... as well. I for one would not want to wait weeks, months or years for an M.A. funded wheelchair, funding for a supported apartment, etc. etc. etc.