The Difference Between Life in a ‘Waiting’ Room and a ‘Living’ Room

“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body.” (Phil 3: 20,21)

There was a humorous British comedy on when I was a child called “Waiting For God” that told the story of a very bright, but crotchety lady and a very strange man who spent most of his time fantasizing about being someone, or somewhere else. They were living in a home for elderly residents along with others who were seemingly waiting for their lives to end.

While they may have been supposed to just sit back and accept whatever treatment they were given, these two would stand up and speak out against being treated like old, useless people without any opinions. It was funny, but when I watched some old episodes recently, I saw some other parallels.

For those of us with chronic illness, it can seem sometimes like we spend so much time looking forward to the time when we will no longer have to deal with these bodies, when we will be given the new bodies as promised to us in the Bible. That’s a wonderful prospect and offers us so much hope.

In the meantime, we need to wait and that may mean that we continue to experience the pain or sickness that we do right now. Just as those old people in the comedy were often trapped by physical or mental, limitations and waiting to see out their final days with no control over many of the decisions being made on their behalf, we too are waiting for God to fulfil the promises He gave us, without knowing when that will happen.

I don’t want to be just waiting if there are still things God wants me to do.

Prayer: Father God, help us to use the days we have now, not just be hoping for those wonderful days You’ve promised us. Help us to make the most of the waiting as we trust in You.

About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life, and the lessons He teaches her, as she lives with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to travel when she is able. You can contact her in the Sunroom.

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Do we just sit and wait, looking forward to the time when things will be better? Are we still making the most of the days we have now, or just waiting for things to change?

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