The Waiting Room!
When in the waiting room, we often get anxious, weary, and hopeless. We have expectation, but the vision we know God gave us simply hasn’t manifested. It’s easy to shut down, get complacent, and just sit. What we don’t realize is that our seasons of waiting may simply be determined by how we actually spend our time in the waiting room. We have to ask ourselves, “Am I waiting with purpose or simply wasting time?” The waiting room is when we should press into the presence of God even more.
I think about Hannah who was barren for years. Her husband Elkanah was also married to another woman named Peninnah, who would irritate Hannah about being barren. Hannah waited for so long, but how she waited is what’s significant. She didn’t moan and complain or try to harm Peninnah and her children. She took her distress to the Lord and laid her burdens at his feet. 1 Samuel 1:11 says, “ And [Hannah] vowed a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.” After she petitioned God for a son, she still did not just sit. She woke up the next morning and worshipped the Lord.
While in the waiting room, we need to take advantage of the opportunity to seek God and deepen our relationship with him. Our seasons of waiting should be considered seasons of training and preparation. We wait for many things, but some things require wisdom and knowledge that can only be received through the Lord. As you sit in the waiting room, stand firm on the word of God and meditate on Isaiah 40:28-31,”...The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” What a mighty God we serve! Continue to trust in God’s promises and thank him in advance.