True Waiting

How many of us, upon being lovingly told to wait either for some much desired thing or circumstance or for the answer to some problem of long standing, have assumed an attitude of anxiety and even impatience and fretfulness? Was this not because of our acceptance of the false or negative sense of the term "wait," the sense that would imply a condition whereby one's progress seems obstructed, so that all one can do is to remain for an indefinite time in a passive, unprofitable state of thinking?

While reading one of the Bible Lessons in the Christian Science Quarterly, the writer was impressed with the frequency of the use of the words "wait" and "waiting" in connection with God, together with the promised results of waiting on God. This prompted a closer study of the word "wait," which revealed much of true value. A dictionary defines "wait" in part as follows: "To watch; attend; to stay in expectation; to be ready to serve or to execute orders." Thus we find that true waiting is a condition fraught with alertness, activity, and expectancy. In order to wait on God, then, we must be spiritually alert, watchful, ready to serve and obey or execute His divine orders. Should not this be a joyous experience?

January 21, 1933

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