I have spent my fair share of time in the waiting room, specifically hospital emergency rooms… waiting.
Early in my childhood I discovered I was a mediocre athlete at best, which led me to push myself to the breaking point. It began in grade school, followed me into high school, and chased me into adulthood. “But, Mom I had to slide so I wouldn’t be out!” This was said as my mom looked at the tear in my brand new corduroy pants, torn on the first day of school. She was not buying my explanation!
That little episode was a continuing theme in my life, that and my lack of athletic prowess. If only the damage had remained as rips and tears in pants, which were fairly easy to mend. (This is my shout out for iron-on patches!) No, I eventually graduated, at about age 9 or 10, to breaking fingers, and then it just sort of took off from there. I’ve had broken fingers, toes, chronically sprained ankles, torn-up knees, a severely broken right arm, and the list goes on. However, it was as an adult, when I should’ve known better, that I sustained injuries which sent me to hospital waiting rooms.
I dislike hospital waiting rooms — to the extreme. Everything seems to move in slow motion from the time I wait to check in, to filling out forms, to waiting for an invitation to the triage cubicle, to the curtained area where I spend forever waiting to see an unknown doctor and staff. Pain may cause a minuscule change in my generally good natured personality; I may be just the slightest bit testy!
I can’t blame it on the hospital, I just dislike waiting. Whether at the airport, in traffic, or in check out lines, I tend to be equally impatient. Now you know the real issue, my problem, my challenge; I (my character) need(s) to spend time in the waiting room because I am constantly letting myself get in the way of what God is working to accomplish. Therefore, being in the waiting room is personal. It’s personal, an issue between God and me.
“Trust (lean on, rely on and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.” Psalm 37:3 Amplified
What was true for Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and so many more is true for you and me. There is only one way to truly face everything thrown at us. Trusting God! Unfortunately, too many times we find ourselves turning to idolatry, seeking to be God by trying to control our own destiny.
Stay with me, don’t turn me off just yet! As human beings, we are all gifted with our senses and emotions. But, if life events do not fit our expectations or definitions, we generally choose to second guess God. We allow the things of this world: fears, worry, rejection, to overrule our trust in God. Then, as soon as we decide God hasn’t acted quickly enough, or He isn’t going to act, or even that He is waiting for me to act because He gave me a brain and He expects me to use it (think Lucifer, Adam, and Eve, each with much bigger brains than ours), we jump up to take over God’s job. Bottom line, over and over, God tells us to trust Him, seek Him, know Him!
“Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him; fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.” Psalm 37:7 Amplified
I have friends who I am certain would drop everything they were doing and would come running as soon as they knew I was in trouble. I know they will do this because I KNOW them. It works the same way with God. He’s coming to your rescue, your defense; He has promised His provision to meet your every need. And God does not lie.
He invites us to know Him, because in this knowing there is peace, confidence, freedom from fear, and freedom from worry — which has been proven to kill you. As I have said before, the Prize is guaranteed by God. It is life eternally with Him. In the here and now God offers us His wisdom, His protection, His love, His mercy, His patience, and His joy. He offers to make the desires of our hearts the desires that are in His heart.
“Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]” John 14:27 Amplified