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Theology of Waiting

I am not in control. You are not in control. When you look around, sometimes it seems nobody is in control. One way this shows itself is the inevitable truth that a lot of our life seems to be spent waiting. Waiting. Have you ever given this a passing thought – I mean more than just how annoying it is to wait on anything.

Here are just a few things I have observed in regards to waiting in recent days.
– I waited on the next shift to get to work so I can go home – for my shift to end. The clock just drags that last hour.
– Calvin and I waited for the Apple Event to see if there would be any new tech in the MacBook area. He was waiting before he bought his Air, to make sure a new one would not replace it in one week. And I was waiting for the day I would get my MacBook Pro back.
– I wait for my tax return.
– I lie in bed and wait for sleep to arrive.
– I saw FaceBook posts about people upset due to waiting in line at Disney World! Isn’t it the happiest place in the world? So shouldn’t waiting be part of the joy?
– I saw posts about waiting on job offers, babies to be born, vacations to start, and reports from the doctor.
– We wait on on computer and stare at that ‘loading’ icon.
– I wait in traffic, at Blue Goose for my tacos, at church for worship to start, at home for Lisa to get off work (and she waits for me to come home in the morning – for I always bring her coffee!), and so on.
– You may wait eagerly for each new day’s blog so you can see what I am going to say today. And thank you so much oh 30 great readers!

Enough!!! And these were without thinking hard. So I ponder, is there a theology in waiting. I am going to look at one aspect. Hebrews 9:28 says “so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” (ESV) We are to be eagerly waiting for Him.

I think this talks about a principle of our posture while we wait. Our posture – we can be waiting with one of two postures. We can be passively waiting (We are not in control, so I will sit back and just roll with it, not do anything while I wait.). Or we can be actively waiting. The word accompanying waiting is eagerly. It is a three part compound that talks about welcoming from and out of – a kind of staying busy with expectation for that time when He comes to set all things anew. An at the edge of your seat, getting all things ready, totally stoked and waiting is filled with excitement type of moment.

In the movie Fireproof, Kirk Cameron works hard to get his wife back and to restore the relationship. He does not sit back, he is not passive, but is actively working to that end. John Waller’s song ‘While I’m Waiting’ powerfully tugs on our emotions and emphasizes this with the lyrics …

I’m waiting
I’m waiting on You, Lord
And I am hopeful
I’m waiting on You, Lord
Though it is painful
But patiently, I will wait
I will move ahead, bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience

While I’m waiting
I will serve You
While I’m waiting
I will worship
While I’m waiting
I will not faint
I’ll be running the race
Even while I wait

I do not want to waste time while I wait. I will serve, worship, and run the race. I will take this time to become better, to help others around me, and keep my eyes on Him. For I do believe someone is in control – and it is not me – it is Him. The theology of waiting is believing in the Sovereignty of God – HE IS IN CONTROL.

So – waiting. We all have to do it. Will you join me in serving, worshiping, and actively run the race while we wait? And remember, they that wait on the Lord shall renew their their strength, they shall mount up with with wings of eagles, they shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Wait with me – and let’s serve Him together.

Extra Sep: website for muse video of Waller’s song … https://vimeo.com/3768562

At the End of It All – Something Remains

It has been exciting to see all the Easter service Instagrams, FB, and Twitter posts. Prestonwood at the Star (with Tony Romo), Passion City at Verizon Amphitheater, huge event in Nashville, Harvest church at the Sears Arena in Chicago, Perry Noble starting Second Chance Church, and so many more. But you know, it is not always the large or the spectacular or the star driven events that touch lives. Sometimes it is the smaller, the quieter, the family times that impact people for eternity. I remember sunrise services with a handful led by Matt on the guitar, a prayer with some friends, a small country church service, or worship with the family that left a mark in my life. God is a big God but He is also in every small event of our life too.

I remembering sitting in the sanctuary at Friendship after everyone had left. The last car had pulled out of the parking lot, Lisa had gone home, and all the Easter events had been completed (I even had my chocolate egg to munch on). In the quietness and solitude, I sat there pondering the day and nibbling the chocolate. And in the end, I had nothing else to say but thank you. Of course, I was thankful the events had no major speed bumps, that people were blessed, the singers showed up, and that my role was done and I could finally breath (yes, I bet every pastor goes through that probably every week). But mostly, I sat there and said thank you for the gift of salvation – the assurance because of an empty tomb – and the promise that there is something beyond all this. I said thank you because He showed His love on the cross and His power in the empty tomb!!! I said thank you because when all is said and done – Jesus is still there. Whether it is a busy worship weekend, a work project, a school exam, a hectic day of laundry and cleaning, or whatever – He is still there when all these worldly events come to a close.

Today I read about several endings – a Chinese space space station crashed into the ocean, college teams and a 98 year old nun’s role in March Madness ended, the stock market ended in a major point drop, Channing Tatum ending a relationship, and a 40 year old woman used a taser to end a 17 year olds sleep (okay, she wanted him to wake up for Easter worship, but maybe she went too far – that’s what the police said when she was arrested, so that ended her freedom for a while). Bottom line, lots of endings. But you know what, God is still there.

No matter what you are going through, when all is said and done – God is still there. He will never leave you. When Joseph sold into slavery, thrown into prison, and all but forgotten – God was still there. When Elijah fled to the wilderness and feared for his life and wanted to die – God was still there. When Habakkuk saw all thee despair – God was still there. Before His arrest and death, He told His disciples to be at peace. He is always in control. He will always be around.

No matter what you are going through, and whether it is anywhere near the end or just the beginning of what may be good or may be vexing – remember this …
When all is said and done – God is still there.  Be thankful He never leaves or forsakes. That’s how much He loves us, how much He loves you!