Psalm 31:24. NRSV
Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for the Lord.
Waiting. Ugh. I do not like to wait for things. I suspect most of us don’t like it much. But sometimes the thing is worth the wait. As Aaron Burr sang in the Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton,
Life doesn't discriminate
Between the sinners and the saints
It takes and it takes and it takes
And we keep living anyway
We rise and we fall and we break
And we make our mistakes
And if there's a reason I'm still alive
When so many have died
Then I'm willin' to
Wait for it...
We have been waiting for months . .
for a vaccine
for in person worship and school
for pedicures and haircuts
for life to return to some semblance of “normal”
We know that most of these things will still take a while, but we can take courage knowing that God is with us. God is handling all of these things, guiding our scientists in research and our leaders in finding ways to get vaccines into arms and money into pockets, for our jobs and businesses to come back. If we have faith we can wait for it. We can keep doing the best we can until change for the better becomes reality. In the words of R&B artist Ant Clemons’ song Better Days, “Better’s ahead.”
Gracious God, we don’t do waiting well. We want everything right now. Help us to know that better’s ahead and that you have everything in control. Help us to wait for it. Amen