From the moment that Eve consumed the virulent fruit and gave some to Adam to eat, we have been waiting; waiting for that restoration of the perfect world God intended for us. But before the fruit was even tasted, God had a plan. Restoration of the earth not yet under sin was already his intention. And so the world waited, in disarray and chaos, set in its sinful ways. Those who knew the promises of God, longed with hope of His faithfulness. Those who were looking for his promises, were not disappointed, because God himself came down to them, came down to us!
Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed; Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed.Psalm 25:3
It’s really not a matter of if, this year, but how often we have been forced to wait, and put things on hold. Many things have been put off for another day, another month, another year in some cases. Many people, rightly so, feel as though little momentum has been made in their lives. Schools, businesses, vacations, jobs hunts, surgeries, the country, are all waiting in the wings for next thing. Some of us have done so with less patience, some of us have looked at it as a chance to rest. But we can be assured of this, that we are marked by how we wait.
I’ve been so proud of camp and the way that we have tried to rise to meet the times. Putting the camp store online was a project I saw happening next summer at the earliest, but with extra time, and a huge push from those who love us, we got the store up this summer! We painted the dining hall, moved the layout of the recreation field to fit better with the Family Life Center, created an arena at Equine, added spots for the RV park, and so many little projects that have been put on the back burner, finally got done! And of course, putting in place new protocols at the dining hall, new best practices for keeping this camp sanitized and safe.
Time and time again the Bible shows us how to be people who wait well and be people who anticipate God moving. Because it is always God who comes down to meet us. It will always be God moving, intervening, and rescuing us. It’s been a rough year for all of us, and I think most of us would agree, we have waited our fair share this year. We have waited for election season to be over, waited for those results to be tallied. We have waited in lines at grocery stores. Waited for Covid-19 test results, waited in quarantine, waited for lockdowns to be over, waited for this virus to pass. When will all of this waiting be over? I couldn’t tell you.
But you don’t have to wait for the Messiah any longer. He is here. Worth the wait. Let us be people who markedly expect God to move while we wait.