Micah 7:7 But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.
Waiting for the phone to ring to know if I had been chosen for a teaching position, I remember thinking that I must not have gotten the job because no one had called as promised. But, maybe ten minutes later, the phone rung, and the first words of the caller after I acknowledged myself was, “Congratulations!” The caller apologized for the late response, but with tremendous joy and forgetting the suffering of waiting, I assured her that it was no problem, at all.
Today, I felt like I wanted to raze the walls of my house, so that I could step out and be free to go where I wish and without all of the constraints placed on us by the virus. It seemed as if I have been holding my breath for nearly a year, craving the opportunity to travel, to hug people, to see my grandchildren, and to just smile at my neighbors. I wanted so much to be in church sharing Communion with my church family! Yet, the wait for the end of the pandemic continues.
Yet, even as I miserated over the opportunities for gatherings this past year, I realized that I didn’t have to wait for the end of the pandemic to share in Communion. I called my husband up from the Super Bowl game, poured us some Powerade in glasses, and broke a Triscuit in two pieces. I asked him to pray, and afterwards I read 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, and we partook of the Holy Sacraments.
Just as when I participate in this symbolism and ritual in our church, I felt the presence of God, and I thanked Him for salvation for the world and for me, one who is undeserving of His love. Sometimes, we have to make theings happen in our lives, rather than simply moan and groan as we wait.
Waiting is never easy, but as someone who didn’t learn to drive until I was age 50 and had to depend on public transportation to and from work, I learned that no matter how long the wait, eventually a bus comes, sometimes just when you’ve given up hope of seeing one coming over the hill. In the same way, I know that God is in control and this pandemic will one day end, the wait will be over, a new normal will come, and joy will reign again.
In the meantime, let us pray for each other and work to keep each other safe. While we wait, let’s findways to connect to others and travel, albeit vicariously, through Google Earth and travel blogs. Then, the wait doesn’t seem so bad! To God be the Glory!