As I re-read the story of the crucifixion this morning, it struck me that there was a wait. I never thought about it before but now pondered what Mary Magdalene and the disciples all did for three days. My first thought was that they mourned. Then it hit me that they may have been in a “what do we do now?!” quandary because their teacher, leader, and Lord had been crucified before their eyes and buried in a tomb.
Waiting is not something I do well. I’m a ‘let’s fix this now’ type, girl (he’s still working on me, remember?) However, the more I grow in the Lord, the more I learn that waiting is sometimes the norm. Sometimes that norm is full of “what do I do now?” because I don’t slow down to remember He has a plan.
Many of us lift up prayers expecting instant answers but God has a different agenda. His timing isn’t like ours and for good reason. You see when we pray and wait, it’s important to remember that God is up to something bigger than what we can imagine. Our prayers may be for simple things or they may be for things that would take an all-out miracle.
Thankfully, my God is the God of miracles.
Little did Mary Magdalene and the disciples know that Jesus was defeating death, hell and the grave during those three days while they waited. All of the gospels give a slightly varied account of what happened at the tomb but a common point seems to be that they had forgotten what Jesus said about rising in three days. While they waited they failed to remember that He had a plan all along!
He ALWAYS has a plan.
How many times do we pray and wait and in that wait fail to remember God’s promises because we’re overwhelmed by the human urge to ‘fix it now’?
Waiting is always the hardest part of anything. Thankfully, He’s there…even in the wait! God already holds our tomorrows and knows the answers to all the prayers we pray, both big and small. Keep praying. Keep waiting. Keep trusting. He will “never leave you nor forsake you.”
Psalm 9:10 Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Isaiah 55:8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”
Isaiah 40:28-31 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.