Have you ever been traveling to a place that you’re really excited to get to? Maybe it’s that special vacation or assignment that God’s asked you to do. You want to get there so badly and it seems to be that you’re waiting forever for the time to come. You get to the airport and finally board the plane – but there’s a backup on the runway and you’re on hold waiting to take off. Or maybe you’re about to land and are put in a holding pattern, just going in circles and not getting to where you want to be. It can be frustrating, but necessary to go through.
Sometimes the Lord has us in a “holding pattern.” He’s already told us what He wants us to do and we’re so excited and want to get going. However, then He tells us to wait – or we may not hear, but nothing is happening. Waiting can be so hard. Sometimes, even though we are adults, we can be as little children on a trip in the car asking if we’re “there yet” or how long will it be until we get there!
Jesus told the disciples to wait until Holy Spirit comes upon them. What if they just moved forward on their own and didn’t wait? They wouldn’t have had the power, authority or boldness that Jesus knew they needed to bring about His plans for them. They were obedient and waited and prayed with anticipation.
There was an old commercial that had a song, “Anticipation” that I think we all can relate to. In this world of fast and instant everything, we’re not used to waiting. I tend to want everything done yesterday and find that patience can be one of the hardest lessons to master. However, it’s also a surrendering of our will – to His.
Are you in a “holding pattern?” Just relax and enjoy the journey, for if you wait on the Lord, soon you’ll be soaring!