While at the airport the other day, the people in the arrival area mesmerized me. Like clockwork, the security guards would look down the escalators, take their position at the side of the hallway or by the elevator, then proceed to let the arriving people through to find their baggage or their waiting party.
Arrivals were constantly coming in- from different places and at different times. Something and someone was always on its way in.
I tried to fit in with those who were in the waiting parties. Some of us had to wait longer than expected; little ones and their guardians waited in anticipation and excitement as they waited for moms & dads to come up the escalators, while other adults were visibly frustrated by the length of time they had to wait.
Maybe some were concerned with the parking fee they’d have to pay out if they lingered longer than they originally planned.
Maybe others already had a long journey and the additional time was just too much for them to endure.
Maybe they just wanted to go eat cheeseburgers and chocolate cake.
Whatever the case, waiting on the arrival was proving to be a difficult task.
One young girl looked disappointed and kept getting closer and closer to where the guards were standing. Without knowing it, her feet wandered across the “DO NOT ENTER” line and she was quickly asked to step back. Crying and upset, the young girl walked back to her parents and continued to wait in their embrace.
How many of us today are like those who were waiting for their arrivals?
I’m raising my hand.
Some of us may be waiting for an answer to prayer, or for direction, or even for a blessing to come to us. I can tell you that I’ve been the person visibly frustrated while waiting for God to do something in my life. I’ve also been like the little child who was jumping up and down with excitement and wonder. But more often than not, I’ve been more like the young girl who was tired of waiting and went wandering on her own to find what she was supposed to be waiting for.
Many times The Father has quickly asked me to
and to remember what the arrival area sign says…
“DO NOT ENTER”.
He is at work; I can’t speed up time or linger around places that my feet should not be. My soul must rest in the fact that He will bring things about when it is time for them to arrive. Not a moment sooner or later, but in His perfect timing.
God is better at being God than we are at trying to do His job for Him. He needs not our meddling or complaining; He just needs our patience and trust.
Friend, I don’t know where you find yourself today, but Our loving Heavenly Father knows the waiting part in life is hard. That’s why we have promises in His word that remind us:
“But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”
(Isaiah 40:31 NKJV)
“Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!”
(Psalm 27:14 NKJV)
Friend, let’s pray this together:
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for reminding me that you are indeed working while I am waiting. You know my anxious heart, and my impatient thoughts and so I give them to you today. Forgive me for wrong attitudes I’ve had while in the waiting process. I will wait on You alone today- not for stuff to perfectly line up in my timing, but I will wait for Your very best treasures of wisdom and strength and hope. I know I can trust You Lord. I know that You can see when I’m frustrated and when I’m wandering trying to find my own way. Help my heart to hold onto Your promises today. No matter how long the wait may be, help me to wait patiently on You. I need only to be still and hold on; and when arrivals do come, let my first thoughts and words be full of thankfulness. You are worth waiting on Lord, and I know that every time You arrive on the scenes of my life, I am never disappointed. Have Your way God. –Amen
Much love to you friends, and as always…peace.-liz