Read Psalm 130
Focus on verse 5
I’ve had a fair amount of experience waiting, and while I would not say that I like it, I have had moments where I have appreciated the opportunity that waiting rooms give me to reflect. Our lives are typically too busy. We rush from one urgent thing to the next, and the hurrieder we go at it the behinder we seem to get. It typically takes an emergency to get our attention. It all comes to a sudden stop when a family member is rushed to the hospital. The family gathers in the waiting room. They speak in hushed voices, attempting to cling to the hope that when the door opens the doctor will deliver good news. Either way the time spent waiting is often time spent reflecting and praying, and making promises to God and to ourselves that if we get another chance we’ll do better…we’ll slow down…we’ll take more time for one another…for things that are important.
There is another kind of waiting room, which is more figurative, but has many of the same qualities. This is a waiting room I have also been quite familiar with. It is the waiting room that we find ourselves in when a job suddenly ends, or we make a move to a new community. This kind of waiting can be stressful, but also presents some significant opportunities to reflect, recalibrate and restart. It can actually be a time of refreshing and renewal if we can manage to keep our perspective in focus.
In today’s reading the psalmist finds himself in this kind of waiting room, and he shifts his focus to the hope he has in the word of God. “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.” There are numerous promises in God’s word assuring us that when we wait on Him, and allow Him to lead us according to His will and His timing, that His redemption will be there to not only redeem us, but to bless us beyond what we can imagine. Perhaps that is what makes waiting on Him so difficult. What we imagine we are waiting for is much too small, and perhaps vastly different from what He may have in mind for us. It makes it hard to wait for something when it is beyond my ability to imagine what it is. It also can be just a little frightening to not know what lies ahead for us. Here again we have an opportunity to learn to trust in the goodness and faithfulness of the Lord.