I was hurrying from the hub to catch the 3:50PM bus at Cannon Park back to base yesterday. I did, actually, I was four minutes early. There were two young men and a lady and a lady already waiting. As time passed it became a long queue of the young, old, distracted, tensed, cheerful…a rich mixture I would call it. That was when the cheery old man came along and said, “Five or ten more minutes wait”. He perceived our confusion from the doubtful and amused gaze. So, with a wide smile he added “my wife is on that bus you see”. Like a conducted orchestra we nodded unanimously, his contagious smile now played out on our lips. I made a mental note to look out for the wife when the bus arrived. Only then did I notice the feet drumming incessantly beside me, it brought memories of course work deadlines and how my body reacted to them. I got the message, he had no plans to bore a hole at the bus stop, he was getting tired of waiting. Inquisitive, I searched the other faces for mutual expressions…some wore a frown but stood quietly in their own corner, a few looked far ahead in the expected arrival route as though that would bring the bus in sooner, some chatted cheerfully with friends not seeming to mind if the bus arrived the next minute or hour, across the road stood an old lady, leaning on a post, she swung her leg back and forth with so much glee obviously in a world of her own, I thought the arrival of the bus would be an intrusion.
Then the bus turned the corner and we all rushed to board, nearly everyone wearing a frown. Oh you should have seen him, the cheery old man welcomes his wife, she had begun to bend forward from aging already. He could hardly spend a minute away to grab her luggage and hurriedly headed back to walk her to their old beaten-up truck.
So questions sprung up in my mind…why do people get tired of waiting? why do we frown when we have to wait? is waiting in itself a broken expectation? is it an indication delay or of failure to arrive when expected? would waiting be less stressful if we focused on the great worth of what we are waiting for? was waiting easier for the cheery old man than for me waiting to head back for a meeting? would waiting have less tension if i was busy with something interesting while waiting?
30 minutes away from my destination, having napped and mused a bit. it occurred to me that the old bent woman in the bus was waiting to meet her husband as well, the driver was waiting to arrive Birmingham to get some rest. Every one was waiting albeit for different things. While you are waiting for that dream job, that admission, that scholarship, that miracle, that healing, that spouse, that provision, that child, that promotion, that car, that business, the fulfillment of that idea, that house, that….fill in your blank space.
whether you have been waiting for 5 minutes or a month? a year or a decade? A lifetime. Every one is waiting too!!!Maybe for something you already have!!! Know today that how you wait is as important as if you wait. Why do you want to get high blood pressure and shorten your life span and the time you will get to live in that dream house of yours? Have you become addicted to something that will earn you a heart failure and deny you the opportunity to play with the kids you have waited for? Oh and it wouldn’t help to wait that long if you would have done your rounds with the long awaited spouse’s family and friends already. Or how about some shopping or food stuffing, after all it takes attention off the joblessness or failed business…. ehmm, you just succeeded in reducing your first year savings or profit by 50%.
Wait!!! Wait cheerfully!! wait patiently!!! wait joyfully!!! and while you are at it bear in mind that every one else is waiting for something too!!! Waiting has a reward!!!!
Look how long Jesus has been waiting for you to give your heart to him? Look how long the Father has been waiting to give his orders for the trumpet to be sounded? Your soul is important to Him. Accept him today and be saved. Receive God’s salvation through Christ, Turn away from sin and live as Christ admonishes.
Psalm 37 vs 7: Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Psalm 40 vs 1: I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
Psalm 27 vs 14: Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Isaiah 40 vs 31: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Habakkuk 2 vs 3: For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.