By Sandy Kirby Quandt
Right now I’m in a season of waiting … again …
In an earlier post, I mentioned the patience Noah needed while he waited for God to open the door to the ark after the flood.
This post is inspired by the account of the disciples on the sea during the storm. (Matthew 14:22-33)
Among the many things I thought about as I reread this story was the fact Jesus sent the disciples out in the boat and told them to wait for him.
It wasn’t until the disciples had been in the boat since before sunset of the previous day that Jesus appeared to them walking on the water between 3:00–6:00 a.m.
There are numerous accounts in the Bible of people who waited for one thing or the other.
For years Hannah prayed and waited for the LORD to give her a child.
Anna and Simeon both prayed and waited to old age before God fulfilled his promise to allow them to see the Messiah.
The Israelites waited for someone to deliver them from Egypt.
Then they waited 40 years to enter the Promised Land.
David waited over fourteen years to become king.
We wait for children to be born.
We wait for the right job. Right spouse. Right home. Right economic climate.
We wait for unanswered prayers. Healing. Peace. Restoration.
We wait for that book contract. College acceptance letter. Prodigal to come home.
We hurry up and wait.
Let’s go back to the disciples in the boat on the sea during the horrible storm.
They had no other option but to wait on Jesus, did they?
They didn’t have the power to stop the raging wind and rain. They didn’t have the power to get safely to shore on their own. They had to wait no matter how long it took before Jesus arrived and saved them.
I believe it’s the same for us. Sure we can be like Sarah and Abraham, take things into our own hands and try to rush God into action.
Any other hands raised out there who’ve foolishly tried this?
But when the disciples waited, Jesus showed up at just the right time. He arrived at the exact moment that would prove who he was. The One with the power to calm the sea and command the wind to be still.
And while they waited perhaps their faith grew stronger. Perhaps their confidence increased. Perhaps they realized it really wasn’t about them after all, but about the Savior they loved and served.
What do you think? Is waiting something you find easy to do or is it difficult? I’m not real fond of waiting but I’m getting better at it. I’m beginning to realize I don’t have a whole lot of choice in the matter.
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But I will watch for the Lord; I will wait confidently for God, who will save me. My God will hear me. Micah 7:7 (GNT)
I wish you well.
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