In a society where “time is of the essence,” waiting is often viewed as a wasteful consumption of the precious moments given to us. From waiting in line to waiting for our Internet to load the next webpage, each second, minute, hour spent waiting seems like a loss to us. It is the ultimate manifestation of passive living. However, waiting is such an incredibly integral part of our Christian life and it is anything but passive.
In our Christian walk, we are constantly waiting for things to happen. Sometimes, that waiting seems very passive indeed, but what goes on during that waiting is spiritual growth, prayer, and direct communication and understanding of God’s will. We wait in love and in expectation for our Lord’s return. We wait for Him to make His will clear in our lives. We might even wait for Him to create a change in our hearts. No matter how we wait, however, He is working with so much foresight that we are incapable of comprehending just how active of a wait we are partaking in. The main aspect of waiting that makes it so active is perhaps the love that grows within that waiting.
Love. As I grow more and more, I realize that it is indeed a choice, and one that leads us to the waiting of our spiritual lives. If we are willing to love, we are willing to wait. If what we love is truly ours, it will eventually come back to us even if we let it go. Love is mutual and so is waiting, for in waiting, just as in love, a response is awaited. Let us continue to wait on the Lord not out of obligation or any doctrine, but because of love. And He will come to us because He loves us.