40 Days | DAY 13
In the waiting
Read Lamentations 3:24-26
In the late 1800’s, when railway was the most common form of long distance transportation, it wasn’t uncommon for passengers to arrive at their train station only to wait 2-3 days for their train to arrive.
Several years ago, I read the journal from 1884 of a girl that was taking a train from Manhattan to LA to see the west coast for the first time. Her first entry was filled with the anticipation of all that she would experience. Then, over the next 48 hours she grew increasingly impatient over waiting for a train that was down for maintenance a few miles back. 13 entries were written in the crowded waiting room as she moved from overflowing with excitement to almost giving up and going home.
Then she wrote, “well, the blasted train just pulled up. Let’s see if this was worth the wait.”
When she finally arrived, this is what she said…
“I’m sitting here on a hill overlooking the most beautiful coast I could have ever imagined. Magnificent mountains, sapphire waters, and white foam crashing into the rigid onyx black rocks along the coast. As I reflect on my travels to the beautiful city of LA, I have realized something important. Had I not waited for my train in that station for 2 days, I would have missed the grandeur of this moment. My impatience almost caused me to give up, but choosing to press ahead forged within me an eye for the detail of the beauty I now behold. That waiting room developed a residing hunger for the adventure that lied ahead in the most incredible experience of my life. So, I believe I shall become a resident of this great city. Farewell New York, I have found my new home.”
Have you ever grown weary waiting on God? Have you called out to Him only to feel as though you’re stuck in the waiting room? While you wait… may I challenge you to be patient and refuse to give up? Because we are all waiting on something… but could it be that God is most interested in what we become while we wait. May those moments forge within you an eye for the detail of the beauty that lies ahead. May you develop a hunger for the adventure of a lifetime and become acutely aware that even while you sit in the waiting room… God is there with you and will never leave you alone.
…I will wait for him…
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