Yesterday my wife had a procedure. She’s been waiting multiple months, and in some sense years to get this done. Women, especially mothers, often wait to take care of their own needs because they’re focused on helping others. My wife is a selfless example of this attitude.
Her surgery took about ninety minutes and thankfully was successful. Her recovery took over three hours, because girlfriend loves her anesthesia! She’s had multiple surgeries over the years and always has a difficult time with their sleeping elixirs. Poor momma of five who has to get surgery to get a solid sleep 🙂
Other news was a mostly quiet waiting room, which has allowed me to complete my sermon and other items for the week. The waiting room was filled with several people, and observations revealed waiting can be difficult for some.
For us, grandparents had all the kids and have taken them to Panera for dinner, Chic-Fil-A for milkshakes, and whatever other things grandparents do. They waited for news and were happy to hear their daughter, and for the kids – their mom, was doing well after surgery. We are very thankful for grandparents and family support, not to mention church family. Checking emails I’ve seen updates of church family registering to prepare and bring a meal to our home over the next couple weeks. We are humbled and very blessed.
Last night Danielle slept in the recliner, since it’s a little easier for ups/downs. I slept on the couch to be able to attend to some of her needs throughout the night and this morning. Then later today I waited for the prescriptions to be filled for purchase. And at this moment, I’m waiting in the school line with vehicles and busses to pickup children.
It seems life is filled with waiting. Sometimes the wait is short and other times long. Sometimes it’s short but feels forever. We fill our waiting time with white noise, solving tasks, or in many cases fretting and fear. Who has the formula for waiting? How can we worship God while we wait? What’s the key?
Many think waiting is passive and we have no part in the process. Yet, biblical waiting is active by recalling God’s promises and reflecting trust for His work to accomplish that which He intends both through our circumstances and in our character. Even if our circumstances do not change the way we desire, we can discern how God wants to stretch our faith muscles. By actively waiting and thinking upon Him and trusting truths in His word, God is changing things – us! So, perhaps, a key to waiting is to not lose sight of God. Lean on Him when you are weak. Learn from Him when we are confused. Let Him work in you as much as you want Him to work around you. Lift up your heart and hopes to the Lord. He cares. He is waiting to hear from you. The Lord waits for us far more than we wait for Him.
“To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you.”
Psalm 25:1-5, 21