Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:14
“When God closes one door, He opens another.” Notice the old adage stops there and fails to mention that in the meantime one is in the corridor. “Corridor” as in hospital, school, office – that dimly lit place where one waits. And waits. And in turn may grow impatient, get angry or fall into despair.
Psalm 27:14 dispenses with the candy coating and delivers a daunting simple directive: “Wait for the Lord”. The psalmist knew his Bible stories. Abraham who was promised fatherhood of a nation was a 100 years old before he held his child. Joseph suffered decades as a slave and prisoner until this childhood vision came true. The Israelites wandered for 40 years before entering the Promised land. Noah and his crew sailed through 40 days and nights of rain to wait who knows how long for the waters to recede and the olive trees to recover sufficiently to produce a branch a dove might pluck. Waiting, the psalmist warns, is a lifestyle.
While waiting in life's corridors it is good to remember Jesus's promise to never leave nor forsake us. We can take heart in that. God fully knows the human emotions of impatience, anger and despair and takes no offense. He appreciates authenticity. He listens to prayers of frustration and desires as much as those of thanksgiving and praise. God can use the time in the corridor to draw us more closely to him as he did Abraham and Joseph, if we are open to his touch. Through his mercy and grace He will grant us the strength needed await the next open door.
Mary Beth Frederick