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Let me just say this right up front, I don’t like waiting. Calling my cellular company and being put on hold? Not fun. A long flight home and the pilot announces the plane is in a holding pattern just prior to landing? Frustrating. Waiting for a scheduled appointment with my healthcare provider and things are running behind? Annoying.
Waiting doesn’t come easy for many of us. And, wow, have we ever been in a holding pattern for the past six months! It seems that life has come to a screeching halt in many ways. Sports, festivals, fairs, parties, programs, graduations…so much this summer has been on hold, or even canceled. And so we wait. Tick tock, tick tock. And the background music doesn’t even help the waiting. As a matter of fact, that music we hear in the background has become so political and divisive that our waiting has become heart-wrenching. The months roll by. Hope appears for a moment, then is dashed. This year will be one to soon forget.
Is there anything positive that could be derived from this season of waiting? My assumption is that this is a time we need to start looking internally. While it may appear hopeless on the outside, God may be wanting to do some incredible things on the inside of each of us. Almost every case in Scripture that focuses on waiting has a maturation purpose in mind. Waiting was always used to teach God’s people trust, patience, and dependence on Him. And while His people waited, God listened to their cries and did some amazing things.
“Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.” –Isaiah 64:4
It may appear that God has gone silent. From a global view, maybe He has. But on a personal level, He is working. He is fighting for His people who are devoted to Him. And He will accomplish His purposes in each of us if we will only listen and watch for where He is at work.
And that involves waiting.
Maturity takes time. And with growth comes pain, sometimes. I didn’t grow into my current shoe size overnight and neither did you. It took time. And it came with some uncomfortable growth spurts. But we all made it. And we will make it through this process too. But there will be some painful pauses. There will be some woeful waiting. But don’t give up, because there is always hope on the horizon. Even if this battle ends in eternity, what better hope is there than that?
Dear Christ follower, don’t get lost in the background music while you are on hold. Don’t feed the division. Together, let’s sing a new tune to bring hope and reconciliation. Let’s be the voice of peace, the voice that brings good news to a world that is desperate for light in our darkness. Let’s love compassionately, intentionally, and unconditionally. Because the music of the hopeless is growing louder than the echoes of those of us with great hope. While we wait, let your life be the sound this world needs to hear. God desires to do some amazing things in us, and through us, while we wait. Will we listen? Will we be salt and light in that waiting? He’s given us a song to sing of the hope that Jesus gives.
Come on, let’s sing!
“But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.” –Psalm 59:16

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