I’m still celebrating my 50th year around the sun, and over the weekend, my college roommate officially joined the club as well. In observance of her big day, we traveled to the Dominican Republic, to love on her and reminisce on our decades of friendship. Little interruptions occurred during the trip, which was eerily surprising. However, on my return flight, my connecting flight was delayed, resulting in a five hour layover. Two of those hours were spent sitting on the plane with no instructions. Since I have text message updates on my phone, every 30 minutes I received a notification detailing a delay with no apparent reason. This got me thinking about how often I’ve waited on God. I’d had a long day, following a great trip, and I wanted nothing more than to go home and get in my bed. I imagined this as a reasonable expectation, but God saw differently. Further, after a two hour wait on the plane, the pilot announced that they’d actually been trying to repair a problem with the plane for two hours to no avail. Instead we were being redirected to another terminal with a different plane. Lesson here: When at all possible, take a direct flight! LOL! But in all seriousness, the lesson is that we are often not privy to what is happening behind the scene. All we know is that things are seemingly not working out in the manner by which we anticipated or become accustomed. It is difficult to understand and even accept that a wait is for our good.
We all know the expectation that undergirds Psalm 27:14, “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” True, and at 1am when one is ret ta go, the waiting presents itself as hard. Yet, what are all the scenarios they may have occurred should the pilot or other operators been more concerned about our discomfort than our safety? Thus the same is true of our all wise God. He is insatiable about our safety, about our wellness and propensity for that abundant life. So, while it may be frustrating, might we remember that it is His good pleasure to give us the kingdom (Luke 12:32)? He desires the best for us and all good things take time. While I traveled to the other terminal for our new plane assignment, I witnessed several people, stretched in those uncomfortable airport seats, asleep. Apparently, their wait was going to be a little longer than mine. Lesson number two: Someone else always is navigating a bit more than you. I silently whispered a prayer of encouragement for them, and that they too reached their destination soon. I arrived home 12 hours from the time I departed our beautiful rental in the DR, tired, hungry, weary, but alive with no incident. It’s just a little wait. God may we operate in your strength during the interim.