Sitting in God’s Waiting Room
Is there an emptiness in your life? Is there an utter lack of fulfillment? Are you finding that no amount of money, riches, and success will fill that abiding emptiness?
If you feel that way, know that I’ve been in that spot before too. And I know many people who are uncomfortably residing in that space today.
If that’s you, find comfort in the story here. When I read it the first time, it made a significant impression on me. It’s from an article that appeared in a 1982 edition of Reader’s Digest. It was about an advertising executive and despite her successful career, she felt an emptiness in her life.
“One morning, during a breakfast meeting with her marketing consultant, she mentioned that emptiness. “Do you want to fill it?” her colleague asked. “Of course I do,” she said. He looked at her and replied, “Then start each day with an hour of prayer.” She looked at him and said, “Don, you’ve got to be kidding. If I tried that, I’d go off my rocker.”
Her friend smiled and said, “That’s exactly what I said 20 years ago.” Then he said something else that really made her think. He said “You’re trying to fit God into your life. Instead, you should be trying to make your life revolve around God.” The woman left the restaurant in turmoil. Begin each morning with prayer? Begin each morning with an hour of prayer? Absolutely out of the question! Yet, the next morning she found herself doing exactly that. And she’s been doing it ever since. The woman is the first to admit that it has not always been easy. There have been mornings when she was filled with great peace and joy. But there have been other mornings when she was filled with nothing but weariness. And it was on these weary mornings that she remembered something else that her marketing consultant said. ‘There will be times when your mind just won’t go into God’s sanctuary. That’s when you spend your hour in God’s waiting room. Still, you’re there, and God appreciates your struggle to stay there.’”
If you are unfulfilled and find the emptiness inside you cannot be filled with anything else, I think you’ll find that an hour of prayer is a powerful antidote.
YOU, GOD, ARE MY GOD, EARNESTLY I SEEK YOU; I THIRST FOR YOU, MY WHOLE BEING LONGS FOR YOU, IN A DRY AND PARCHED LAND WHERE THERE IS NO WATER.