Waiting, a topic which reminds me about why this blog exists. The point is to dwell on and consider ideas, expressing thoughts and testing them so that I give myself a mnemonic in some ways about certain themes and concepts that emerge as I write.
A long-ish while ago I wrote about learning to see “waiting” as an activity that is not a totally passive thing, but like waitressing. “Waiting” (tables) does not mean kicking back, relaxing, and zoning out. “Waiting” (tables) is certainly not constantly pestering where you are serving. “Waiting” (tables) is more like approaching to do what should be done at the suitable time, and hanging back at suitable times.
Now don’t take my waitressing advice too seriously in a restaurant business sense, as I once infamously waitressed a few times one summer, on my way to discovering what I am and am not good at. You can guess whether I was or was not good at waitressing. Anyhow, this past Sunday, I was reminded about waiting once again, but from a different perspective. God waits for us. Why doesn’t He reveal Himself to everyone if He wants humanity to worship Him? Why doesn’t He change us instantly if He really wants us to be a certain way, or be a certain kind of person? Why doesn’t He this or that and whatnot? Sometimes He waits for us to change our attitude first and return to Him broken and contrite; then, at the suitable time, He acts.
For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel,
“In returning and rest you shall be saved;
in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”
But you were unwilling, and you said,
“No! We will flee upon horses”;
therefore you shall flee away;
and, “We will ride upon swift steeds”;
therefore your pursuers shall be swift.
A thousand shall flee at the threat of one;
at the threat of five you shall flee,
till you are left
like a flagstaff on the top of a mountain,
like a signal on a hill.
Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you,
and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.
For the LORD is a God of justice;
blessed are all those who wait for him.
(Isaiah 30:15-18 ESV)
By nature, waiting implies that there is something that you are waiting for. In our waiting then, if we are waiting in the ways we should so that we can act at the suitable time, let us be watchful waiters. Watchful, for we do not always know what we are waiting for.