Do you know the four most dreaded words while traveling? (Do you remember when we did that, you know…travel?)
The four most dreaded words when we used to travel when our children were young…”Are we there yet?”
Waiting…please tell me that we are almost there…I remember one trip in particular when my family and I were going to travel about 16 hours total to visit relatives. We had been on the road for one hour…and it started…the piercing wail of two small children… “Are we there yet?”
Have you wondered that recently? How long? Are we there yet? How long before life gets back to normal? What is normal anymore?
What do we do while waiting? I’ve been reading in the Gospels during this time, even as we are approaching Easter…and I have been drawn to stories around Jesus’ birth.
In the Gospel of Luke, chapter 1, Mary, the mother of Jesus was presented with a promise from God that she would have a baby, and that baby would be the Son of God…but then she had to wait. It didn’t happen for her right away. She had to wait for the birth of that Child.
At some point all of this will be over…but for now, we wait. So what do we doing while waiting?
Let’s look at Mary’s response to her season of waiting…
1. W – WORSHIP
Worship is the position of the faithful.
It is the position of those who wait on the Lord.
Mary’s response is to magnify the Lord. She sings when she visits her relative Elizabeth, “My soul magnifies the Lord!”
Between the time of the promise and its fulfillment —- Mary worships!!!
Let God use this time to develop you deeper, stronger in faith through Worship!
2. A — ACT ON WHAT YOU KNOW
Remain faithful and true to God’s Word. Mary continued to live out her faith in the Lord. I remember a motto from my time in the military:
“OLD ORDERS STAND UNTIL NEW ORDERS ARE ISSUED”
Do those things to stay safe that you know to do. Act on what you know to do, and trust God with what you don’t know.
Make a decision during this season to choose to remain faithful to the Word of God, following the desires of the Lord during this time. Don’t let circumstances sway us into disobedience… not in our actions, words, or even our attitudes!
(That gets tougher the longer we are quarantined with our families too, LOL)
3. I – INQUIRE OF THE LORD
Take your tough questions to the LORD!!! He is not put off by your questions… I know we all have questions during this time, and we don’t understand everything. Inquire of the Lord.
Inquire also means “to listen” for His response…
However great the questions, give them to the Lord, yet let’s remain humble enough to hear and listen for His response.
4. T — TRUST GOD
Mary believed!!! This is the ultimate “line drawn in the sand.” She made a commitment to believe that nothing was impossible with God. Although she couldn’t explain everything, and didn’t understand all that was happening, she trusted God.
13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
14 Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD!
Dealing some hope today while we W.A.I.T.,