The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

Some of you might remember the Tom Petty song of the early 1980’s, “The Waiting Is the Hardest Part”.  I don’t even know what the song was about; the only line I can remember is the one about waiting.  Waiting is often difficult isn’t it?  I think about the period of time between the cross and the resurrection.  Jesus had told His disciples that He was going to be killed and that He rise again.  But they didn’t understand.  Then the terrible day came.  Jesus was dead.  His body laid in a tomb.

There was nothing to do but wait.  And yet in the eyes of the disciples and Jesus’ other followers there was no anticipation of a resurrection.  They weren’t just waiting for something good the next day.  They thought it was over.  Yet, after waiting, there was something great that happened.  We have a great advantage over those early disciples.  We know the “end of the story”.  Yet, often in our lives we find ourselves playing a “waiting game”.  We are waiting for a job.  We are waiting for a healing.  We are waiting for an apology.  We are waiting for….

Yet the resurrection shows us that God always does something.   He is always moving.  He is always connecting.  He is always at work.  We might not see Him at work but He is always at work.  The resurrection shows us that God always has our best interest at heart.  I’m not here to say that waiting is easy…it is not.  But if, like the disciples, we will wait; we will see God’s activity in our lives.  Let’s trust Him.


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