Waiting is an interesting thing. We are all doing it. We are all waiting for something. A few months ago, I was waiting for a real job. A few months before that, I was always waiting to get called for a subbing position. That was fun. :P Other people are waiting for a baby, or waiting for some good news. Some are waiting to move. Others are waiting for their child to come home safely. Some are waiting for the right moment. But we all are waiting. Right now, I am waiting. Waiting for, as my grandma calls him, my prince. She says he's coming. I'm starting to wonder. :)
But the real question is am I waiting well? Waiting takes time. And the question is if I am using that time in a manner that honors God. Am I moping around because God hasn't answered my earnest and fervent prayers. Am I only looking at myself? Am I wasting the precious time God has given to me? All that happened with Mike has shown me that time is fleeting. You don't know when yours is over. Therefore, I must use mine wisely.
While pondering the thought of waiting, a verse came to mind. Titus 2:13--"Waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ." Wow! That is what we are ultimately waiting for. The husband and kids and job and house and all that stuff really do not matter in the grand scheme of things. The return of Jesus does. Will He be pleased with my waiting time? How do I make sure that I live a life He will be pleased with as I am waiting? He tells us in the prior verses.
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. Titus 2:11-12
I need to turn away from the ungodliness of this world and be sober and righteous in my life. As I live my day to day life, if I am consumed with what I am waiting for here on earth, I will not be living a righteous life. In fact, I will be living an idolatrous life. Putting myself and my worldly passions ahead of my Lord and His will. I need to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus. As a friend reminded me today...
Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. Psalm 37:3-5
So my prince may come tomorrow. He may come in 10 years. He may not come at all. But if my eyes are fixed on Jesus as I am waiting, the time will be well spent.