Most of us find it a bit difficult to wait, whether standing in line at the grocery store, waiting to hear a doctor’s report, anticipating the completion of a remodeling project or, as Denny Park Lutheran is experiencing, waiting to call a permanent pastor.
We like to get things settled, completed. We want to move to the next step!
While it is great to move ahead, it is good to remember that much good that can happen during a time of waiting. Pregnancy is a good example of “purposeful waiting:” a pregnant mother knows that the months of waiting are a significant time of necessary development for the baby!
In our life as Christians too, we are often called to wait. Though we may feel frustrated or anxious, it can help to remember that God is at work, often in hidden ways, beyond our knowledge. And also, we can know that waiting includes being open to new information, new directions and opportunities. This becomes “active waiting.”
Theologian Henry Nouwen writes: “The secret of waiting is the faith that the seed has been planted, something has begun. Active waiting means to be present fully to the moment, in the conviction that something is happening where you are and that you want to be present to it.”
While waiting, we are encouraged to pray. Well-known Christian author of the last century, Ole Hallesby, writes: "To pray is nothing more involved than to open the door, giving Jesus access to our needs and permitting Him to exercise His own power in dealing with them." He adds: "When we in prayer seek only the glorification of the name of God, then we are in complete harmony with the Spirit of prayer. Then our hearts are at rest both while we pray and after we have prayed. Then we can wait for the Lord."
And so, in our personal lives, congregational life and the life of the community, we wait expectantly, trusting God, recalling the psalmists words: “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord (Psalm 27:14).”
Pastor Deborah Lunde