At some point in our life, we are told to wait. Well, really, we are always waiting for something - answers, a pay raise, vacation, the right time, water to boil, and so many other things. Many of these are trivial, but the ones that aren’t as trivial make waiting unbearable. Did I get the job? How did the medical tests come back? God, what is your plan for my life? Some of these questions we have to wait a long time for answers and sometimes we never do get that answer.
There is a play by Samuel Beckett called “Waiting for Godot.” The plot is simple - two men, Vladimir and Estragon, are waiting for a man, Godot. While an absurd play, it does parallel with how so many of us go through life.
He didn't say for sure he'd come.
And if he doesn't come?
We'll come back tomorrow.
And then the day after tomorrow.
And so on.
The point is—
Until he comes.
We came here yesterday.”
Wait is a verb. It means to stay where one is or delay action until a particular time or until something else happens or is used to indicate that one is eagerly impatient to do something or for something to happen. Waiting is active not passive. Vladimir and Estragon passively wait and, well, spoiler - Godot doesn’t show. Everything they just did was pointless. Why did they wait? What did they do in their waiting? Their waiting didn’t produce anything other than despair.
Abraham had so many reasons to not trust God, but he did and God credited it to him as righteousness. Trusting and waiting go hand in hand. In order to wait well, we have to trust well. Abraham’s was 100 years old when he had a son with Sarah, then God asked him to sacrifice Isaac. “Wait, WHAT? Hold the phone God, I waited this long AND you are telling me that my offspring will outnumber the stars and you want me to just sacrifice Isaac, uh, no. No way. Nope. Not happening.” That’s not what Abraham did at all. He went the next morning, with Isaac, to make a sacrifice. Abraham trusted God with Isaac, the one that he loved so dearly.
Waiting is hard. Waiting can be beautiful too. Yes, the promised land would be great if we had it RIGHT NOW, but we appreciate it so much more after a period of waiting. Wait expectantly. Trust expectantly.
Here is a song that a friend of mine wrote that I listened to as I wrote-