"Therefore, return to your God, Observe kindness and justice, And wait for your God continually."
~ Hosea 12:6
The hardest word, or experience, is when we encounter the need to "wait." For many of us, this word is not just a part of our prayer life, but in our tangible life as well.
Over the years i have actually gotten quite good at waiting. I spend much of my day driving around the city of Houston visiting hospice patients in their homes. Scheduling for traffic has become part of the word, "wait" that I really have learned to embrace!
The idea, or thought of waiting, in our culture is just not something that we value. I often think that's why we all seem to have difficulty with the process of waiting.
While I can say I've learned to wait, there are still times when waiting encounters anxiety or lack of patience. Waiting on a committee. Waiting to hear about the next step for a project. Waiting, waiting, waiting....
The signpost needs to simply say, "wait upon the Lord."
Yes, I said it. The proverbial "It's God's timing."
That's the one day in Seminary I paid close attention because next to, "It was God's plan," is the punctuality of the Creator statements that we all have heard plenty of times. (Next to, "How are you?" "I'm fine" statements)
For any of us, the process and the educational presence of the idea of waiting is fundamental to our faith and daily life. At this point in my life I simply want to ask God why it has taken me so long to learn this!
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.