A slightly different blog as we head towards September…
I’m stuck outside my flat, post work on a cold, grey August day. I’ve cycled for an hour to get home only to find I’ve forgotten my keys. There’s no one to blame, it’s totally my fault.
My husband, who every other day arrives home at a standard time, has found the traffic to be a nightmare and decided to snuck off to play golf two hours away.
So I’m leaning against the door on our old doormat, waiting.
And as I wait I’m wondering what to do. I’m in central London but there’s rubbish signal, so no catching up on emails. I can’t even seem to access our Wi-Fi through the closed door!
I could open my language-learning app and try to improve my Afrikaans (a necessity to communicate with my in-laws), but really after a day at work that’s just going to get me more irritated.
So I decide to think about the reality of waiting, the reality of having nothing to do, but just watch the minutes as they tick by and imagine everything I should be getting on with.
Maybe it’s a good thing I’m being made to wait. Maybe for once it causes my brain to stop and just be still. (Except that obviously I’m typing away as I think!!)
But it’s funny how we’re so used to never having to wait, that the thought of waiting for possibly an hour to get into my flat fills me with horror.
For some reason Joseph comes to mind. Not the techni-coloured dream coat bit, but his ordeal in prison. We’re so used to reading his story knowing that it was a happy ending that it’s hard to remember all the years of waiting he went through. And waiting, without an end in sight!
Yet, within his long wait, stuck inside an Egyptian prison, Joseph still holds true to his integrity. Maybe he does complain, but we’ll never know. What we do know is that the prison warden learns to trust him and heaps responsibilities upon him.
As he played the waiting game, Joseph made the best of his situation. He remained true to who he was and honoured God.
Are you waiting for something? Are you unsure of what’s around the corner and whether your ideal will come true?
Hold onto your integrity and identity as a child of God within this time and know that whatever the outcome, God’s ways and timings are perfect.