It happened a lifetime ago, back when an Iron Curtain still divided Europe and those in the eastern part of that continent faced numerous restrictions when it came to practicing their faith. For it was in that context that I found myself in a train station one day waiting to meet a man I didn’t know in a place I had never been.
Only at the appointed time, he never came. And an hour later he still wasn’t there. So as I nervously waited, sitting on the floor and trying my best to blend in with others, I pulled out my Bible and turned back to where I had been reading the day before, Hebrews 9.
And then, with one eye on the Bible and the other on my watch, the words of Hebrews 10.36 practically jumped off the page:
“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised. For in just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.”
Saying a quick prayer, thus, I closed the Bible and stood up, only to bump into a man who turned out to be the one I was supposed to meet there. And as we walked out of that station together, I couldn’t help but be amazed at how sometimes the scriptures not only speak, but they do so rather specifically.
Oh, I know all about not taking verses out of context and how the particular reference in that passage speaks to the return of Christ one day. But that afternoon in a vast train station in a strange and even scary city where I knew no one, God used them nonetheless to talk to my heart and remind me that no matter how or when the events of our lives may play out, God is yet in control of them.
After ten weeks of shutdown, I’m beginning to feel a bit like I’m back in that train station waiting for the unknown. For just like many others, I suspect, I’m done with the virus and want to get back to normal. But until that moment comes, it seems my task is to persevere in doing the will of God—to love and care for others and to do no harm because of my own impatience. Or, in short, to willingly wait and trust that an end to this season really is ahead for “He who is coming will come and will not delay.”
So make it so, Lord, make it so.