Waiting is an all too familiar place for us. It feels like such an enormous waste of time most often. Every day, it seems, we are required to wait for something or someone. For those of us who like to keep things moving along, and especially for those adept at multi-tasking, having to wait can be frustrating!
How about waiting on God? From our vantage point we pray and ask God to answer our prayer in a specific way. But we can't see what is up ahead. We cannot see how the timing of our need being met might intersect with another's expectant prayer. But God. I can't even begin to imagine how God manages all of it...and all of us. Except that He is God...and there is nothing that God cannot do.
I think maybe the first time I really got a glimpse of the intricacy of God's plan was one day while reading the story of Elizabeth and Zechariah in Luke 1. They were serving the Lord, careful to keep His commands, in fact the Bible says they were blameless in how they lived. And they were childless....and now they are old. You know they must have cried out to God fervently for years to have a child. And yet...there were none. Until God said "it's time" and sent His angel Gabriel to Zechariah to confirm...'God has heard your prayer.' Luke 1:13 (NIV)
Their child would be known as John the Baptist. The one who would pave the way to say the Messiah is coming and baptize Jesus at the start of His ministry. While John and Jesus were born only months apart...the age difference between Elizabeth and Mary the mother of Jesus was counted in decades. While Elizabeth and Zechariah prayed over and over...and waited and waited...their answer was dependent on the timing of Mary's story! I'm guessing that their prayers for children began long before Mary herself was even born. And so they waited...until God said, 'it's time!'
What you are waiting for, believing God for...don't give up! Sometimes our answer is dependent on another's. But God. He is holding all of the pieces in His hands. We know that God is faithful. He hears our prayers. And His answer will always be right on time.