In Seasons of Waiting

In Seasons of Waiting

My Father loved an old hymn entitled, “How Long Has It Been?” He would often ask me to sing it for him. A few of the verses will give you the idea of the song:

How long has it been since you talked with the Lord and told Him your heart’s hidden secrets?

How long since you prayed? How long since you stayed on your knees till the light shone through?

How long has it been since your mind felt at ease? How long since your heart knew no burden?

How long has it been since you woke with the dawn and felt this day is worth living? Can you call Him your friend? How long has it been since you knew that He cared for you?

Advent – the season of waiting for the arrival of someone or something that will make a notable difference in your life.

Are you in a season of waiting? How long has it been? Days? Months? Years? Have you been waiting for a change in your leadership role or in your team, in your marriage or in the lives of your children? Is there a situation that needs to change and is requiring you to wait?

There are so many examples in Scripture of someone waiting.

I think of a man named Simeon. He lived in Jerusalem and was waiting for the Messiah. The Holy Spirit had revealed to Simeon that he would not die before seeing Him. When Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple as was their custom, Simeon was eagerly and expectantly waiting. Simeon took Jesus into his arms, and he knew that everything he had been waiting for had come. We can learn from Simeon to be eager and expectant in our waiting. God is at work even when we cannot see it at all.

I think of Moses, who was focused on wanting to know God deeply and waited to see His glory. He called out to God to show him His glory. God responded, but Moses was placed in the crevice of a rock so he could wait for God’s glory to pass. With his nose against the rock, all he could see was darkness. He had to wait to even see the back of God before he could experience what happened afterward – God’s glory revealed and confirmed by the radiance of Moses’s face. People could now see that God’s presence was with him. We learn from Moses to be focused on God in our waiting. God is always at work!

I think of Jesus who died on a cross on a Friday. Friday was the crucifixion and Sunday was resurrection. But Saturday was the day in between – a day of waiting, grief, disappointment, and disillusionment. Jesus, who had waited to come at the right time was now waiting in a grave. In the garden, Jesus had surrendered to these moments of waiting.

Can you imagine the despondency of the followers of Jesus? They were brokenhearted. All they had believed in was over, all they had worked to do was useless, and all the words they had spoken meant nothing on Saturday. But Sunday came! When the waiting was over, the world was forever changed. We learn from Jesus to be totally surrendered in our waiting because we know God is at work.

Waiting is never easy, but we can do it best when we remember to be eager and expectant, focused on knowing God, and surrendered to Him.

What difference would it make if you had this perspective? In this season of advent, for what or for whom are you waiting? 


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Phyllis Hennecy Hendry

Phyllis Hennecy Hendry serves as the inaugural President and CEO of Lead Like Jesus, a global leadership development ministry. Under her visionary leadership, the organization has grown exponentially since its founding in 1999, equipping and empowering thousands of people throughout the United States and around the world to lead as Jesus led. Phyllis radiates passion, warmth, authenticity and wit in every presentation, and as a result, she is a highly sought after speaker, regularly travelling across the U.S. and around the world. Prior to joining Lead Like Jesus, she served for 11 years as President of the National Science Center, Inc., in Augusta, a partnership with the United States Army. Phyllis enjoys spending time with her four children and nine grandchildren.