What Are You Waiting For?

–Delana H. Stewart

woman holding cross, girl reaching for cross, girl reaching to sky,

Photo used by permission from ChinUp!Photography–Jen Kuykendall.

If you read the title with no inflection, it sounds like the phrase, “What’re you waiting for, let’s go!” But this is “What are you WAITING for?” More than a year ago, I wrote a post called “A Season of Waiting.” In it, I wrote of persisting in prayer and a particular passage of scripture which helped me as we waited on God in our decade-long adoption journey. In my book Nine Year Pregnancy, I compared my season of waiting using terminology of pregnancy.

This morning as I read through Romans 8 in The Message, a familiar passage was seen in a new light. Yes, the passage is about waiting for the coming good times, the coming of the Kingdom of God, but it also references every detail of our present lives (which in my mind encompasses other things we may be waiting for God to answer along the way). And, this passage compares our time of waiting to a pregnancy.

22-25 All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.

26-28 Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

from Romans 8, The Message


See also:

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3 thoughts on “What Are You Waiting For?

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