What are we waiting for?
by Lori Anderson, Director of Local & Global Initiatives
I’ve been thinking about all of the faith themes that center around waiting. Promised Land. Advent. Resurrection. Second Coming. Transformation.
After Jesus’ death, the Chief Priests and Pharisees were waiting for 3 days to pass…just in case Jesus was right when he said he’d come back to life (Matt. 27:62-64). They were waiting to see Jesus because they feared him.
The women who came to the tomb were waiting for Sabbath to end so they could tend to his body (Matt. 28:1). They were waiting to see Jesus because they loved him.
What are you waiting for?
- News of a diagnosis, or the results of an exam, or the well-being of a loved one who has lost their way
- Deliverance from the grip of addictions or habits that seem to dig their way into your very soul
- The righting of a wrong … or forgiveness … or an apology
As frustrating as waiting can be, it seems to be something God isn’t eager to remove from our lives.
Transformation happens in the waiting. Transformation can happen in grief. It can happen in anxiety. It can happen in hopeful expectation.
It happens when we know we aren’t God. It happens when we meet Jesus.
No one saw what happened to Jesus between Friday and Sunday. But he showed up – the same, yet completely new. Transformed. It happened in the dark. It happened in view of a world beyond our seeing. But it wasn’t passive.
Maybe your waiting isn’t seen by anyone else. But it doesn’t have to be passive. Look for Jesus. He shows up and wants to be found.
Our waiting is not nothing. It is something — a very big something — because people tend to be shaped by whatever it is they are waiting for. –Barbara Brown Taylor
What are you waiting for? Whatever it is, it is shaping you.