Holy Waiting ~ Rev. Br. Joshua Hatten
Can you imagine what was going through Jesus’ mind a mere 4 days before His execution? Scripture clearly tells us of His agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. He was praying so fervently and with such fullness of spirit for “this cup be removed from” Him, but not His Will, but the Father’s Will be done.
Christ knew what was to come. He was well aware of what He was about to endure for you, for me, for the world. It is during this time, between Palm Sunday – when the crowds were proclaiming and shouting at Jesus, “Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord! Hosanna in the Highest!!” – and Good Friday, when the some of the SAME crowd would then be shouting “CRUCIFY HIM!! CRUCIFY HIM!!” – that we must exercise our HOLY WAITING, though we may be afraid of what lies ahead for us, though it may seem bleak, dark and without escape.
We must wait. We must know that GOD is GOD and let HIM take on our worries and fears and anxieties and ANYTHING that hinders the working of His Will in our lives.
I expect that is what Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, was doing – relying on Our Father to help him, Jesus in the flesh, to have the strength to face what lie ahead, and to be totally dependent on The Father’s plans.
But what about us? What about today? Though at times we cannot understand what God’s plan for us is, we must remember that God’s plans ARE THE BEST THING THAT WE CAN HAVE PREVAIL IN OUR LIVES.
My hope is that we will look towards Christ, who, though facing arrest, beatings, mockery, crucifixion, and death – still prayed FERVENTLY for OUR FATHER’s WILL to be done. Like Him, we must pray for OUR FATHER’s WILL, NOT our will.
It is our responsibility to do our own HOLY WAITING, no matter how trying the tasks or how frightening the possibilities, KNOWING that our Lord is ever with us and will NEVER forsake us. Our Father’s promises DO NOT return void. And if we are truly willing to turn every aspect of our lives over to Him, and wait with holiness and eager anticipation, knowing that Our Father’s plans for our lives surpass anything and everything we can imagine happening for ourselves. THEN, we shall see the Divine Master’s Plan producing its fruit in our lives. But we must wait. Wait with faith, a reverent fear, and a joyous and holy attitude.