89 WaitingPosted: February 21, 2014 | |
The twenty first secret to humility is Waiting.
Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city. Proverbs 16:32
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to…to live self-controlled…lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ… Titus 2:11-13
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
I hate waiting. Actually, I despise it. I have as long as I can remember. I hated waiting in the lunch line. I hated waiting for the bus. I hated waiting in line for a ride at fairs.
I felt like I was being held captive whenever I had to wait, especially in a line. If I could sit and wait, such as in a waiting room for the dentist, I could at least occupy myself with reading a magazine. Still, I would feel stuck. I was somewhere I did not want to be. Waiting involved being forced to do something I did not want to do, even when that meant I was being forced to do nothing.
The point behind this secret is that we need to yield our will to that of others. For example, in the line we yield to the people ahead of us. We also become part of that line. In the same way, the others behind us need to yield to us.
I used to take some comfort in watching a line behind me grow even as the line ahead of me decreased. It was like payback; I got to laugh at those behind me. “I had to wait so long, and now you have to!” I liked it even better when I saw that others had to wait longer than I did. My wife says, “Insert villain laugh here.” Of course, laughing at other people waiting missed the power of the secret.
Waiting can develop humility in us if we will allow ourselves to release our frustrations to God and allow our hearts to become serene, as we trust in Him. We need to let go of an attitude of resentment. We need to learn to be satisfied where we are while we wait for what we need. Knowing that we have everything we need for life and godliness helps us to learn patience.
As to our spiritual development, we need to open our hearts to the hope of becoming more like Christ. We wait for God to do His work in us. While we wait, we can watch what He is doing and thank Him for it. We can pray that He continues to do His work in us. Consider, we want God’s presence which we can have anywhere at any time.
The church has been waiting for Christ’s return for almost two thousand years. Imagine this: Jesus Himself has been waiting to come back. He has been very patient in His waiting.
Watching and waiting,
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