Waiting, what a drag. It seems like we wait for everything, especially in line. We wait in line to buy groceries, to mail a package at the post office, to place our order at our favorite fast food restaurant, and I’m sure the longest line this week is to buy a Championship t-shirt for the Cavaliers. And even though most people loathe waiting and do their best to avoid it, it is a tool that God uses a lot in the Bible to illustrate lessons and bless believers. Hannah waited for a son, Joseph waited in jail two full years after interpreting Pharaoh’s first dream, Moses waited 40 years in the wilderness, and Mary and Joseph waited in Egypt to keep baby Jesus safe after He was born. In all these situations, God brought bigger blessings than anyone could imagine. He blessed Hannah with a son, brought Joseph to the right hand of Pharaoh, Moses joined the Lord in Paradise, and Jesus ministered on Earth and died on the cross so that we all might have everlasting life with our Father in Heaven. Though it may seem like God is doing things to us, like making us wait, He is actually doing wonderful miracles for us.
This week I had the extreme pleasure of experiencing a graduation ceremony for two men from our Career Development program. One man said that he was working on patience and wanted us to pray for him to find the job that God wanted for him and to listen to God’s guidance. This brought to mind all of the wonderful and uplifting verses the Bible has to offer on waiting. Isaiah 40:31 says, “But those who wait on 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 grow faint.” Waiting can be a struggle for men, women and children staying at the Mission. Maybe they are waiting to hear about a job interview, waiting to find a place to live, or just waiting the night out to see what tomorrow brings them. God has a plan for everyone at Haven of Rest, but waiting to find out what it is or what we are to do next can feel impossible. Please pray that, as God blessed those in the Bible, He would continue to bless men, women and children staying at the Mission. Pray that they call on the Lord and listen to His direction as they wait in this difficult season of their lives.