Waiting is difficult because you aren’t really doing anything. The good or bad thing is still off in the distance, so what are we supposed to do in the meantime? Because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Christians have hope. Hope is a theological virtue, which is a fancy way of saying that hope is given to us by God and points us straight back to God. Hope means that we can trust in God’s promises not because we are confident in ourselves, but rather, we are confident that God is trustworthy and can make it happen.
That’s a big deal. See, if it’s all on me, waiting is just miserable. But if it’s all on God, even if the news is bad, you can be confident He is with you. You have hope that God is up to something even if it seems senseless to me. It is often in those “in the meantime” experiences that we draw closer to Christ.
4 ideas to take this offline:
Spend 20 minutes in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament this week and ask Christ to reveal to you areas in your life where you still need to put your confidence in Him.
Read Romans 8:18-28 and ask God to put your waiting, your patience, your endurance or hope, in the context of Christ redemption of all Creation.
Pray the prayer “An Act of Hope” every morning.
Support a fellow Christian who is suffering both relationally and financially. Sacrifice things in your own life to make their suffering easier, and thus help them wait upon the Lord in these difficult times through the help of real Christian brotherhood/fellowship.
ANSWER THIS IN THE COMMENTS: When has waiting taught you something about the presence and power of God?
About Gomer: Michael Gormley, aka GOMER, is a family man, works as the Coordinator of Evangelization fulltime at his parish in Texas, and travels around the country teaching ordinary Catholics how to love Christ and bring others to the love of Jesus Christ in His Church. He has a website that’s seen by dozens, www.LayEvangelist.comand a podcast show called “Catching Foxes” that most people say “Isn’t too terrible.”