Have you ever had to wait for something and you almost gave up? I have, and in some instances, I still am waiting.
We wait for all kinds of things – from important to trivial and everything in between. And let’s face it. It’s just hard to be patient.
As unimportant as it may seem, this morning it was hard to wait for Old Faithful Geyser to erupt as we stood before it in Yellowstone. It was chilly and damp outside. And there was so much else we could do in this amazing national park. Surely, there was a better way to use our time here. But we kept waiting anyway. I mean, we’ve heard about Old Faithful all our lives. It’s the iconic Yellowstone feature. We didn’t want to come this close and not experience it.
So we waited in spite of the fact we didn’t really want to. We waited in spite of the fact that we could very well hurry on to the next attraction. We waited in spite of the fact that we were cold, and it was damp.
And then it started.
And what followed was enough to quiet the talkative, impatient, uncomfortable crowd. We were awed. Awed by the plume of water and steam that rose into the sky. Awed by the sounds of boiling water erupting from the earth. It was just amazing, and I’m so, so glad we decided to wait. It’s something I’ll never forget.
“For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:3.
Something much, much more important than waiting on Old Faithful is waiting on our Faithful God. It is easy to grow weary waiting on His timing. Sometimes it seems to take forever.
As we pray and trust Him, we must wait, and as He answers, in His time, we must trust Him. He may not answer in ways we desire or expect, but He always, always answers in the best way. And always on time.
Although we may get impatient, uncomfortable, or tempted by other possibilities, like we did at Old Faithful, we cannot take our focus off of who we are waiting for. We will find that as we wait, He will lovingly care for us and teach us new things about ourselves and about Him. And we will find that it is our God who is truly Faithful.