“WAIT” IS NOBODY’S FAVORITE WORD – short story 1 of 6
“To wait” can be defined more than one way. One definition is to remain inactive while anticipating something to happen that is not under your control. To be more precise, we wait for something under God’s control.
Another definition for the verb is to stay ready, alert, and always available for service – as performed by a waiter, waitress, or lady-in-waiting. Even when a waiter is not bringing food or taking away dishes, he might be standing in the corner doing nothing, but he’s in a constant state of readiness for when he is needed. A center fielder may be standing around, but he is always in a state of readiness in case the ball is hit to his area, then he will spring into action. A group of firefighters standing around the station doesn’t mean they’re goofing off; they’re simply waiting for the alarm to go off so they can spring into action and go save some lives. So in that sense, waiting is not the same as doing nothing.
Both of these definitions of wait apply to the idea of waiting on God.
Waiting on God’s timing is one of the ways that we serve Him, and God promises that our waiting will pay off: “Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” (Isaiah 40:30,31)