“The creation waits in eager expectation for the Sons of God to be revealed.” Romans 8:19
As I was thinking about how long we have waited for Christ’s return, it dawned on me that we only wait a single lifetime. After that, we go to be with the Lord, where I imagine the “waiting” is much, much different.
“All men are like grass…” That is what we are and have always been. Grass. Even the lifetimes of the Patriarchs; Moses, Abraham, Noah, as lengthy as they seem to us, are still that of grass; flourishing and fading away with a breath.
But the earth waits, the seas wait, the moon and the stars wait. And every bird and fish and animal that springs up and dies away, comes into its existence with an inner longing for the world to be set right once again, for the Sons of God to be revealed.
And so it is with us, though we may not realize the nature of our longing. But once we are born again, when the spirit which was dead within us is made alive, when the Holy Spirit himself comes to indwell us, the ache of waiting becomes acute.
Lord, I ask that you help me, as I wait for your return, to use my time well, and to be effective for your kingdom until I go to be with you in heaven.