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“All I ever do is wait, wait, wait.!” Have you ever felt like this? We wait on traffic. We wait for appointments. We wait for pay-day. We wait to see how things will turn out. Is waiting easier for adults, or for children? When traveling in the car, the children keep asking “When are we going to get there?” Recently as I have watched the news there have been long lines of traffic waiting. It’s one thing to wait in traffic when things are just backed-up. Waiting can be tragic when people are trying to get away from a wildfire, or a hurricane. As familiar as waiting is for us, it doesn’t seem to get any easier. It is just part of life. The scriptures remind us that “those who wait on the Lord will gain new strength.” (Isa. 40.31) The Psalmist testified about his waiting. “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.” (Ps. 40.1) “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (Ps 27.14)

So we try to wait patiently for the Lord to answer our prayers, and to heal our broken hearts, and to give us new strength. We wait for good news from the doctor, but instead it is too often cancer, or heart disease, or ALS, or Alzheimer’s, or other difficult news . We wait for understanding as to why these things have happened to us, but so often God doesn’t give us an explanation.
So often holidays are filled with tragic things. Watching the news it’s difficult to imagine whole cities being wiped out by fires, or hurricanes. It’s hard to make sense of children being killed by accident, or why people would shoot innocent people in schools, or hospitals, or restaurants. And sometimes the pain just seems to make the waiting more difficult.

Why is waiting so hard? Maybe because it’s proof that we are really pretty helpless. Sure we can do a lot, and people have made great advancements. But, apart from that we are still pretty much not in control. Death, trials, disasters, and evil persons, and heartaches, and the struggles of aging...are all reminders that without God – there is little hope. The Christmas/Advent season is one of waiting too. The word “advent” is a Latin word which means “coming.” If something, or someone is coming, that means we are waiting. The Old Testament prophets all seemed to be waiting, and anticipating the coming of Messiah. Even in the New Testament book of Luke, there is a story of a man named Simeon. “He was waiting for the consolation of Israel.” (Luke 2. 25).

The Christmas season may be one of waiting; for the big day, or the families getting together, or for the celebrations and festivities. But it is also a season that reminds us that GOOD THINGS ARE WORTH WAITING FOR! Jesus did come! God the Son, came to earth, and lived among us. We are so loved that God laid on Jesus our sins and iniquities, and offers us forgiveness and everlasting life – if we simply believe in Him. There are other good things worth waiting for; like heaven, and God’s good answers to our prayers, and the sense of His presence in the midst of our storms. Christmas reminds us that life is not all about waiting – though there seems to be a lot of that. Life is also about blessings, and Christ’s coming.

And Christ’s coming reminds us that there is hope, and joy, and peace, and love. Prayers do get answered! And even when the answer is “no” God does not leave us or forsake us. Rather, he walks with us through the valley of the shadow of death. He is with us when we find ourselves helpless. So, I want to encourage those of you who are waiting. Yes, it’s frustrating, and tiring, and uncertain. But, also remember that Jesus Came! He reminds us that God is still at work. Answers will come! And when they do it will be WORTH THE WAIT!




Our Service is a blend of traditional and contemporary. We sing traditional hymns and worship choruses. A message based on readings from the Bible is also shared each week.



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First Baptist Church of Rochester
1000 Main Street
Rochester, Indiana 46975