Hospital waiting rooms are sometimes quiet filled with anxiety as medical personnel walk purposefully through those swinging doors. As the doors flap in the aftermath, heart rates settle but thoughts are still whirring…”what if?” “What’s happening?”
Time stands still. Waiting is hard. It’s as if nothing is happening.
I may be in the waiting room, but there is a flurry of activity happening. Doctors with expertise beyond my years are putting their studies and experience to work as they gather the information and perform what procedures are needed. Nurses and other personnel are processing my loved one through a battery of tests. Each putting their experience and knowledge together. Years of proficiencies and capabilities culminate to this point of determining how best to deal with the person I brought into the hospital. Even the machinery for those tests have been put together by mechanical experts to make it work, which took years of training, reading, and trying out new concepts. All this is happening while I am waiting. That’s a lot of activity of which I am seemingly unaware. There is an orchestra of activity to make sure my loved one is getting the best care they need…all while I wait, anticipating a favourable outcome.
Waiting on God is not passive. It is assuming an anticipatory posture; expectant and accepting God’s timing. It may seem as if your time of waiting is very still and very quiet, as if nothing is happening. It’s long. It’s arduous. And it’s lonely. All the while, behind the swinging doors which are so very close by, God is orchestrating events, people, and hearts to do their diagnostic work in my situation.
Your waiting room experience may feel like nothing is happening. But, my friend, God is at work! We must “be still”—be at peace without any resolution in sight. This is work, hard work. Lean into God’s faithfulness, not your own understanding. Settle into his arms for he will carry you through your waiting room experiences.
3 Month Reading Plan - Psalm 35