Many of us struggle with waiting. We have grown up in the era of instant everything and our expectations tend to mirror that understanding. We don’t wait in lines well. We tend to think that our time is more valuable than those around us, so we expect to be moved right along.
Generally, we perceive waiting as a waste of time. So, we instantly grab for our phones to fill the still moments of life. In our world, waiting is something to be avoided as much as possible.
This past Sunday, I got a different sense about that concept of waiting. You may remember that we looked at a passage in Luke 2 that tells the story of Simeon. He was a devout man in Jerusalem, waiting for the consolation of Israel (a familiar expression that referred to the coming of the Messiah).
Simeon had been patiently waiting for His Messiah to appear. That Greek term for “waiting” has several significant aspects to it. First, it means to welcome something warmly or personally. It carries the idea of waiting patiently with a clear agenda in mind, or happily waiting with the end in sight.
That term also implies expectant waiting. We are not just marking time, we are purposeful in the pause. The Bible is suggesting that we need to be active as we look forward to His return. It’s the idea of doing something productive as we wait.
A story is told about two frogs who fell into a tub of cream. One looked at the high sides of the tub which were too difficult to crawl over and said, “It is hopeless.” So he resigned himself to death, relaxed, and sank to the bottom. The other frog determined to keep swimming as long as he could. “Something might happen,” he said. He kept kicking and churning, and finally he found himself on a solid platform of butter and jumped to safety.
I am sure our Coast Hills family wants to be like that second frog. We know that the next big eschatological event is the coming of Jesus Christ. Right now, we are WAITING for Him! Let’s make sure we are actively and purposefully waiting.
While we wait, let’s be busy doing the work He has called us to do. Each of us have spiritual and personal gifts the Lord expects us to use, so start using them! (Maybe we will make some yummy butter…)
Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!