Here is my awfully late five-minute Friday post this week. Wait was the word of the week and I have been thinking a lot about that word lately. I’m in the middle of waiting to meet my new baby! And we’re waiting to move into a new house soon. So… “The grace of wait” because it’s so hard to just relax and enjoy the wait, but its in the rest of the wait that we find the grace of it…
The summer break, the graduation, the first date, the wedding day, the first house, the baby’s birth, beautiful things that come with a waiting period. And it seems like the days won’t go fast enough, and I want to pass the waiting by. And each time the day comes, and the wait is over, the thing so sought after points back to the beauty, the value of the time spent waiting. Waiting days are glory days too. Because the beauty can always be traced to the wait.
And that most beautiful of all, the wait for the Christ. The longing of souls to know God’s promised day, to be set free from slaving after law. When this world breathed out the great sigh, the relief that meant rest, joy, Love. It’s the great wait of our world, the long hope, that makes that sigh the most beautiful sound. And the story comes, the Gospel, and it points us always back to the wait, the wait that was all along a part of the story.
Wait is itself a grace that gives us the blessing, the ability, to see the wonder of grace. The wait our spirit went through before our soul knew salvation personally, the wait to see each measure of grace He gives, each gift He gives, is another grace He is giving. And we are blessed to know the grace in the long expectancy, looking for the grace He still has in store. Wait is grace, God pouring a glorious story on our lives, a story that we are given the grace to share, grace that gives even flesh the chance to be a light for His glory.
All children of God see that wait for which the whole creation now groans. (Rm 8:22) “And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved, Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” (Rm 8:23-25) Here in the patient rest, the sure hope we wait for, we are free to know the grace. Though the redemption of our bodies will be much better, we have this joy to experience the grace and patience He gives in Loving His children who still exist inside fallible flesh. And in living this life that is all a wait, we are shown the beauty of the truth that to live this life of wait is Christ. (Phil 1:21)
Linking up to Kate and the rest of the blogs at Five-Minute Friday here: http://katemotaung.com/2015/01/29/five-minute-friday-wait/