Waiting. We are all waiting.
The world is watching the United States recent elections and waiting for results to finish coming in. Waiting for those votes to be verified. Waiting. We are often not good at waiting.
Like the impatient child who just wants it now, we want to know now. And since I am writing this on election day, we could in fact know the answers by the time this is printed on Saturday. But maybe not. And if not, then we are definitely in the place of waiting.
But since I am the preacher, I can tell you that scripture has a lot to say about waiting!
Indeed, from God’s promise to Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky and the sand on the beach and that they would inherit a land he only wandered through; to King David’s desire to build the Lord a temple on the Holy Mountain in Jerusalem; to all Israel waiting for the Messiah who we call Jesus, the Anointed One, the Christ; to the church waiting for Christ to come again there has been a lot of waiting.
Psalm 130 says, “1Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. 2Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! 3If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? 4But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered. 5I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; 6my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning. 7O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem. 8It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.” (NRSV)
But after the waiting will come a new day. I will not pretend to know the outcome of this election, but I will share some words with you from one of the founders of the Methodists, John Wesley, who wrote: October 6, 1774 — “I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them 1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy 2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against, and 3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.” (https://juicyecumenism.com/2016/11/08/john-wesley-elections-gratitude)
That sounds like good advice. That sounds like Christian advice.
To love our neighbor as ourselves, to acknowledge that the Lord is Lord of all, and that we need to wait patiently for all that God will do in our world.
Finding Faith is written by area pastors. This week’s column comes from Pastor Laura King of Caldwell, McElhattan and Woolrich United Methodist Churches.