My brother Max took this picture recently at a cafe in Tulsa.
I don’t know about you, but this picture speaks volumes to me.
Being unaware of the real story behind this picture, I took the liberty to describe the scene how I saw it.
Here is a man, waiting on someone to show up. He has settled in his waiting. Maybe he’s waited for 5 minutes, or 30 minutes.
I’m gonna go with 30 minutes for the sake of illustration.
In his waiting, he gets weary. The guest hasn’t arrived. So he goes off. Granted he leaves his bag and half-full (or half-empty for you pessimists ;) ) water on the table. Maybe he trusts the café owner. Maybe he’s in a 1950’s Leave it to Beaver episode where no one would ever think of stealing anything.
Wherever he is, the fact is that the seat is empty.
He was tired of waiting.
In my story, the one he was waiting for was right around the corner, about to walk in, but because of the duration of his waiting, he chose to leave.
It just took way too long.
Have you ever been there?
Maybe you’ve been doing the right things. Loving people. Waiting for that big break to come.
I know it may take effort to stay faithful. You may be getting discouraged in waiting.
Don’t get out of your chair just yet. Just wait.
You know, God is our biggest cheerleader when it comes to waiting. He knows it’s a temptation to grow weary:
So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up.
Also, it’s not on accident that the words, “Faith AND Patience” are coupled together when we see people inherited the promises (Hebrews 6:12).
People want the things faith will bring without waiting on the right time to get them.
God had a plan in Abraham’s life. Even when it looked opposite, Abraham held to the plan God had for him. Romans 4:18 says that even when there was no human reason for Abraham to have hope, he still had hope.”
The Lord will strengthen your heart in the waiting.
Yet the Lord is faithful and He will strengthen you and set you on a firm foundation and guard you from the evil one. May the Lord direct your hearts into realizing and showing the love of God and into the steadfastness and patience of Christ in waiting for His return.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 (Amplified Version)
There’s a steadfastness and perseverance available to you to stay.
Stay faithful to God and faithful to His Word.
Keep loving your enemy.
Keep praying for the salvation of your family.
Keep trusting God's promise.
Don’t give up my friend. It’s worth it to stay.
What you are waiting for is just around the corner.
Have you been in a situation where when you waited and stood just a little bit longer you saw what you were waiting for? Maybe in standing for your marriage? A job? A family member coming to Christ? Maybe you are in that waiting now? Reply with your testimony or prayer request and we can all join in rejoicing and standing with you!