A woman waits in a doctor’s office to hear what her test results are. The wait is difficult...
A little boy anxiously waits in his bed for Christmas morning to arrive. The wait seems endless...
A groom patiently stands at the alter waiting to see his beautiful bride walk down the aisle. The wait is sacred...
Waiting - even for the good, happy and beautiful things of life is difficult. Why? Because we simply don’t wait well!
Many of us who might be reading this are in need of some kind of miracle. Healing...a new job...restored marriage...an acceptance letter to that dream university. Miracles place our faith in the reality where we’ve accepted that we’ve done all we can do and now it’s God’s time to powerfully, lovingly and mysteriously make a way for what now seems impossible.
While we wait and endure in the tension of our doubt and hope, we can wait for our miracle in one of two ways: passively, or expectantly.
We passively wait when we simply ask God to do something big for us and then go about life as normal. Work...homework...TV...Facebook...Etc... It’s not that passively waiting is wrong. But isn't there more? Shouldn’t we show God and ourselves a little more urgency? After all, we’re talking about miracles here, right?
In the Old Testament book of Leviticus, God tells the people of Israel to be “holy”. The prophet Isaiah once saw a choir of angels singing to each other, “holy, holy, holy”.
The word holy here in its original language (Hebrew) is Kadosh. Kadosh means “distinction”, or “set apart”. Kadosh has nothing to do with being better than (holier than thou), rather it has everything to do with putting ourselves in a place where we have a deep awareness of our self and need for God.
When we need and wait for our miracle, God asks us to be holy. To realize that we can’t fix this...we’re not in control of this. So we set our hearts apart from the busy, mundane distractions and we seek Kadosh. Holiness.
I hope you’ll join me this Sunday morning as we explore this further and get honest about the struggle of waiting for our miracle; God’s desire for us to be holy and how we can have hearts that expectantly wait for our miracle.
Grace and Peace.