As I drove to the airport, I considered the best place to wait until my daughter’s flight arrived. I could go to the cell phone lot. Or the Starbucks just a few exits away was another option. There was a time when I could have walked up to the gate and watched her get off the plane. But the world changed. Now, we “drive thru” the airport and pick up our precious family and friends curbside just like we do food and prescriptions.
But this particular day, I decided to wait at the airport the “old-fashioned” way. I parked in the lot across across from the Delta terminal, walked past baggage claim and then stood near the security checkpoint. As I did, I considered the Psalmists words:
Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
even as we hope in you. (Psalm 33:20-22 ESV)
During Advent we wait for the Lord’s birth. But during Lent, we wait for Jesus to change our realities and turn our world upside down, just as He did miraculously so long ago. Personally, I have noticed more gladness in my heart when I take the time to truly wait because I am less dependent on myself and more dependent on the Lord for help, healing and hope.
This Lent may we know that the steadfast love of the Lord is indeed the best place to wait.