It was the summer of 1985. Joe’s mom and dad had visited for a couple of weeks that spring, but when they left, his mother admitted she was not feeling well. On August 1st she had exploratory surgery to see if they could discover a source for the problems she was experiencing. So far as Joe knew, she came through the surgery just fine.
Joe’s aunt insisted that day that his mother would be back home in just a couple of days. The doctor had assured her that everything was fine. Except a couple of days turned into ten. By then, Joe was worried. He wasn’t getting any answers and no one seemed to know anything pertinent. He decided it was time to go home and see what was happening.
His plan was to make the 3 day drive, visit for a couple of days, make the return drive and be ready for his next work responsibility. He stopped by his boss’s office to let him know that he was sorry for the short notice, but that he had to make this trip. His boss wasn’t in, but the secretary was able to get a hold of him. All the boss said was, “Wait for me at the office. I’ll be there in just a few minutes.”
Wait. Not on Joe’s agenda. He was ready to hit the road. It was already going to be a taxing drive. But, the boss said wait so he’d wait. A few minutes turned into forty-five, but the wait turned out to be worth it. Joe’s boss had stopped off at a travel agency and picked up an airline ticket. He didn’t want Joe on the road under those circumstances and didn’t want him risking an accident. It was worth it to the company, the boss said, to have Joe back rested and ready to work.
Waiting turned an over a-week long trip, mostly spent on the road, into something far more manageable. The boss enabled Joe to get home, see his mom and return with far less effort and danger.
God’s invitation to wait is sometimes like that. It certainly was in the disciples’ case. They were ready “to get on with it.” God said, “Wait.” So, they waited. Forty days passed and God showed up. As a result, the disciples were empowered in ways they could not have imagined…all because they waited.