In a slightly embarrassing turn of events I set out to write a blog post I'd already written once before...And after reading it I realized that there was very little to add to it except a few things I'll say now and in brackets throughout the orginial post.
In the six months since I wrote the below post nothing much has changed. There's been one positive answer to prayer (closer Christian friends and more accountability), a negative answer (Christian gamer's group) and the other two still stand: wife and church. By that I mean the provision of a wife (which would initially mean girlfriend unless I go mail order) and that my church would be blessed both in terms of more people coming in and a sound financial footing.
In fact, the two things I'm still waiting for have suffered setbacks. The church because we're really hard up now and the building we rent is getting sold and I've widened the prayer to include the Reformed church at large in the Uk and that's in a terribly low state.
Anyway, the point being is that waiting has not got any easier. And I've not got any better at it. The same impatience, frustration and trust issues are still there. So it was good to read what I once wrote and be reminded that a) I'm a hypocrit and b) What waiting on God should look like. So without further ado here's the orginial post:
Life involves waiting. I’m so cool that I’m waiting for the second part of the Doctor Who finale on Saturday, I’m waiting to travel to Russia next week on Friday, on a broader scale I’m waiting to finish university and get a job, I’m waiting for the day when I’m declared Emperor of the World. I’m waiting for my next pay cheque to come in, I’m waiting for the advert on Spotify to go away, I’m waiting for a lot of things.
I imagine I’m not alone in this. You’re probably waiting for something as well, waiting with baited breath and a thudding heart for this post to go up...or not. The point is that waiting is a common and universal experience. And most of us hate it.
This is never more applicable when it comes to spiritual matters. I’ve been waiting for three or four prayers to be answered for the past six months or so. You hear stories of people who had to wait forty years before their prayers were answered. If you turn to the Bible then you’’ find story after story about waiting. Jesus waited thirty years before he began his ministry, Moses had to wait until he was 80 before he was appointed leader of the Israelites and Noah had to wait as much as a century for the flood to come.
So the first thing to note about waiting is that it is a perfectly normal experience. The question is though: if God loves us why do we have to wait? How should we wait?