Jesus instructed them, “Don’t leave Jerusalem, but wait here until you receive the gift I told you about, the gift the Father has promised. Acts 1:4 TPT
When I was a kid, if someone told my grandmother to wait, she would reply, “But wait, broke the wagon”. I always thought it meant she hated to wait. But since she was a Believer, I’ve wondered if she had another thought for that saying, especially during the 10 day wait from Jesus Ascension to Pentecost which began last Thursday.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to wait. I used to see it as wasting time and being unproductive. But over the last year and especially the first few months of this new year, God has shown me that thought is anything but true. It has been in the quietness that I have learned all the amazing things about Him we forgo when we go through life at breakneck speed. It’s when we slow down, turn off the world and eventually stop can we truly appreciate all the wonderful things He has planned for us.
The “wait” doesn’t just break the wagon, it breaks us. The weightiness of the glory of His Presence breaks through all the weight of this world that we have accumulated. As we sit with Him, and He begins to gently wash us off, is when we begin to feel His love, grace, mercy and forgiveness on a new level. His voice becomes clearer and we begin to feel restored and renewed. We begin to see ourselves as He sees us and that without Him, we are just empty “wagons” waiting to be filled with His goodness to take to others who need to be filled with Him and all He is.
I don’t think the disciples were just sitting around tapping their fingers and whining and complaining how long it’s taking. I believe they were waiting quietly in His presence, encouraging one another with all the things that Jesus had taught them. Remembering His words of hope that they would be lights to this world through their witness of who He is. They held on to the promise that they would do even greater things and soon they would have a better understanding of what that meant.
I encourage you to also take the remainder of the 10 days to wait in His presence. Focus on that same Holy Spirit power that filled them that transformed people and changed the world can also happen through you.