Delays in the Waiting Season
Waiting! I don’t think anyone likes waiting. I was recently travelling to work via the train. There was an incident in one of the train stations ahead, so all upcoming trains were delayed due to the incident. I was supposed to arrive at work 13 minutes before my shift starts. However, due to the delay, I arrived very late.
During this period of waiting on the train, you could see the expression on some people’s face. Sitting on the train, I was going really! Delay! Not again please! We waited and waited, but the train wasn’t moving. The train driver announced on the speaker that due to the incident, there’s going to be a detour. De……what? I said to myself. Detour? There were two trains ahead of us waiting to receive a go-ahead signal. So my train was third in the queue. Phone calls started going out while people call their different places of work or wherever they were going advising of the delay. I sat in the train not sure whether I should be angry at the train driver or the Metro train company for not having a plan B and not making enough contingency for unexpected situations like this.
Not today, I said to myself. Why are these trains always late? At least it should have happened the day before when I had my time off work. I sat there quietly not knowing what to do. The train driver’s voice came on the speaker again apologising for the delay but said something before going off. She said ‘there is no way to go about it’. Really? That statement left me wondering. Do we get stuck in our waiting period where there seems to be no way out? Or rather say, does our waiting period looks like there is no other way out? Looking around on the train, everyone was at a standstill in this stranded train. You can’t jump out, can’t open the window or the door, nor was turning back an option, just packaged and locked up in this container train cabin with no exit point.
In some waiting seasons, you can jump out of it, turn back or cancel the ride, especially if your very hands control the journey. But the train ride is in the hands of someone else. You just sit and have faith in the driver to take you to your destination. If we can put our trust in an unknown train driver to take us to our destination, how much more confidence and faith should we place in God in our waiting journey? The One who sees and knows everything.
In your train of waiting, are you at a standstill? Have you been waiting for God knows when? Have you lost hope of ever getting to where you’re set out to go? Or have you been waiting for too long without anyone attending to your needs? Sometimes we get so frustrated when we experience a bit of a delay in our life journey. We murmur and make faces, or even want to give up. Nobody likes delays, especially for an unknown time. We just want to know how long we have to wait and sometimes question why that long.
When my train came to a standstill waiting for signal approval to move on, some people in the train decided to put on a funny face while others used the opportunity to keep themselves busy. The lady sitting next to me had her eyes glued on her smartphone reading. Peeping from my seat, I could see what looks like documents as she flipped through the phone with her finger. Others had their smart gadgets on browsing while some had their headphones. All these people were busy in one way or the other. But the ones who refuse to do anything, just stood there making funny faces not wanting to take advantage of the waiting period while it lasted, just wasted precious time doing nothing.
What am I trying to say? The waiting period can be a very anxious time with hopes and expectations like, when, how and what time is it going to happen, all rushing through your mind. But you need to set a strategy to tackle this waiting period. As children of God, we are waiting on the never changing and never late God of the Universe. The unquestionable and all powerful God. The God who is everywhere at the same time. He’s never missed a moment neither a second of the activities and events in the Universe. The God who sees everything, nothing takes Him unawares. 24/7, He is awake, never sleeps nor slumber. And if this Almighty God is the One we are waiting on for one thing or the other of our expectation, we must believe in His will because He knows the best for us. If God has you and me in mind before He created the Universe, don’t you think He has also made plans for us and put in place everything we will ever need, at the right place, position and time? His promise for you and me as stated in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Tarry in that place of waiting with faith and see God work things out for you.
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