Have you ever enjoyed waiting?
What if your waiting prolongs even longer?
We all wait for miracles, answered prayers, healing, breakthroughs, revival, restorations, financial provisions, job applications, a life partner, and the list goes on. Hence, no one really enjoys waiting, it’s hard to wait because we all want to be in control.
I burst into tears when I read the story of the man at the pool in Bethesda in John 5:1-16.
In Jerusalem, there is a pool called Bethesda; many desperate people were waiting for miracles to happen. These people were paralyzed, blind, and lame and one of them had been an invalid for thirty-eight years- he was hopeless. Every time the water sprung up they believed that the first one who got into the pool will be healed. He never got a chance to be the first one because others usually go before him, he was waiting for someone to save him but he never found one. He felt alone, depressed, and in a desperate plea. Jesus came to him and asked him if he wanted to be healed. He tried to defend himself and proved that he tried his best. But he couldn’t do anything in his situation. No one helped him to get into the pool.
And Jesus said to him ” Get up, take up your bed, and walk, And at once the man was healed and he took up his bed and walked.”
The paralyzed man was waiting for someone to lift him into the pool so he would experience healing but no one came to save him. Until Jesus himself found him. He took up his bed and walked. He believed in His words.
Oftentimes, we wait for someone to save us, we thought someone should notice our struggles because we are just a victim like the paralyzed man. We thought our dreams would change us once we achieve something great. Once the people applaud our victories or we experience a breakthrough. We thought we will be okay once all the broken relationships were restored.
But like the paralyzed man all we need is Jesus in our lives and believe His words.
The best part of waiting is God’s answers and most of the time He answers wiser than our prayers. As we wait for His answers he’s purifying our hearts and turning us into His likeness. And when the right time comes, as we walk and believe His promises we will understand why we need to wait.
And as for me, I am not giving up, I will cling to the beauty of waiting. I want to see what faith does, and what God can do. I want to look at the lens of faith as I wait upon Him. Not my will but Yours alone.