Today is a day I have been anxiously awaiting for several months. You know how when you’re really excited about something, not only can the waiting be torturous, but you tend to plan the rest of your life around the one said event? “No, I won’t be able to help you with anything that week because, well, this really awesome thing is going to happen to me.” That’s kind of me. I’m kind of a planner. My friends (and Hubby) might say I’m a tad obsessive compulsive.
Anyhow, today is the day that my family gets to find out the gender of Allen baby #3! To me, one of the most exciting things about a pregnancy is when you get to see an ultrasound tech. and know if you’re carrying a boy or a girl. I’m so excited to find out for myself but my kids are excited this time too. My husband and I already have a boy (3 ½ years) and a girl (2 years), so getting to find out the gender of our baby is going to be fun as a whole family. My son is convinced the baby is a brother to play sword fight with, while my daughter loves the idea of a baby sister to take care of.
In reality, women have had babies for centuries without knowing anything at all about their pregnancies, medically speaking. In this century, we have so many choices. We don’t always have to wait. We want food? Just go to a restaurant where they prepare it for you. We want money? Just go get a job to earn it. But even in today’s society, there are still things we all wait for.
The title of this post “What Are You Waiting For?” is not meant to come across impatiently or arrogantly, rather I say it inquisitively. I want us to actually take a minute to reflect on the things we wait for, whether they be in anticipation or in dread. Typically, waiting for something to happen means we assign a particular value to the said event. So, what are some things you wait for?
The Bible is full of passages about waiting and anticipation, proving that it’s not a new concept to mankind. Here are a few:
“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage…” –Psalm 27:14
“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I hope…” –Psalm 130:5
“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.” –Psalm 39:7
“I wait for your salvation, O Lord.” –Genesis 49:18
“The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.” –Lamentations 3:25
“For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.” –Galatians 5:5
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and Godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession who are zealous for good works.” –Titus 2:11-14
All Christians wait for at least one common thing: the returning of our Lord Jesus Christ. The above verse from Titus says it way better than I ever could. Paul talentedly explains in one sentence what we await, why we wait for it, and how we are to act during the waiting period.
Let me say that I don’t think there is anything wrong with anxiously awaiting the outcome of earthly events like the gender of a baby, but I want to point out what undoubtedly is the single, most important thing we humans can wait for. So, I ask again: what are you waiting for? Is it the hope of a heavenly home? We all have the same (highly paid for, yet free to us) opportunity of that hope, so let’s not waste it.