I am with you always, to the end of the age. — Matthew 28:20.
As she was wheeled into the operating room, she heard her husband’s last words before the anesthesia kicked in: “I will be here waiting for you.”
As she closed the door of the house, on her way out for a night with friends, she heard her father say, “I will be here waiting for you.”
As he left for Afghanistan on yet another tour, she told him, “I will be here waiting for you.”
Having someone waiting for you is powerful. When hope drains away, knowing that someone waits for you can keep you going. When fear eclipses joy, having someone waiting on the other side can give you strength. In a room full ow strangers, spotting a familiar face waiting there for you can spark a smile and a sigh of relief.
Through the prophet Isaiah, God encouraged his people:
They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength. –Isaiah 40:31.
Certainly, as God’s people, we wait on the Lord. We wait for prayers to be answered. We wait for bodily helming to come. We wait for Christ’s return and the restoration of his creation.
And, just as you wait for God, he waits for you. In times of trail and sadness, God waits eagerly for you to come to him for help. In times of sin and sorrow, God waits for you to return to him in repentance.We wait on God — and God waits on us.
There is a crucial difference, however, between our waiting and God’s waiting. When we say to one other, “I will be here waiting for you,” we know there will be a time of separation: I will be here in the waiting room while you are there in surgery. I will be here at the house while you are out with friends.
When God promises, “I will be here waiting for you,” he means he will be here with you. There is no separation. He will be right beside you in your time of struggle. He will be right beside you in your time of joy. God waits right here with his people.
Walking by faith does not mean walking alone. Walking by faith means walking with God right here, right now.
From the book Man of God Walking by Faith.