Ray Dadswell: Waiting

I guess most of us think the same on one issue at least. We dislike waiting.

If it’s something we are greatly looking forward to, the weeks, months, perhaps years leading up to the moment seem interminable.

Just imagine a child thinking about a coming birthday celebration. Or an eager football fan waiting for his team to score the decisive goal.

Of course there are the difficult situations, too. The nerves before an exam or driving test, for example.

Often the everyday necessities mean our having to wait, even for just a few minutes, and we are likely to get fidgety. Who really wants to stand in a bus or post office queue for any length of time, or a line at the supermarket checkout?

I remember the family waiting for our first grandchild to be born. It seemed we were all on edge for ages! But when she arrived on the scene, it was worth all the anxiety. I held her, talked to her, made faces at her. Hannah. The same name as a great aunt of mine, so there was a bit of history my son hadn’t heard about. And now that little girl is ten years old, and doing well in school.

The world has been waiting for the best part of 2,000 years for the promised return of Jesus Christ from heaven. It hasn’t been easy, but we recall that, before he ascended to be with his Father, he affirmed to his followers, “If I go away, I will come back and take you to be with me, so that you may also be where I am” (John, chapter 14).

So we shall be patient, and anticipate with great excitement that the promise will soon be fulfilled.

P.S. Book Aid collection: you haven’t forgotten, have you? Saturday 15th June, 10.00 – 12.00 at Victoria Baptist Church, Eldon Road, Eastbourne. Bibles wanted, along with Christian commentaries and Christian biographies to be sent to churches in Africa.

Contact me, Ray Dadswell, on Eastbourne 503112, for further information.