Crossroads: Waiting

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Psalm 130

My Story

When I was a kid, I loved playing baseball. We had several practices each week, but even when the team didn’t have a scheduled practice, I liked to go to the ball field by myself and practice hitting, catching, and running the bases. One evening my team didn’t have practice, but I went to the field anyway. My dad had a meeting that evening, but he told me he would come get me around 8:00 when his meeting was over.

I had a wonderful time playing baseball that night, but as it got close to 8:00, I was ready to go home. Well, 8:00 came, and my dad wasn’t there. I waited for fifteen minutes, but still my dad didn’t come to get me. Thirty minutes later, I still didn’t see my dad. I was all by myself at the baseball field and it was getting very dark. I didn’t know it, but my dad was on his way. His meeting that night lasted longer than we anticipated. But out at the ball field, it was dark, and I was frightened and lonely. I remember thinking, “Daddy, where are you?”

Your Story

Can you remember a time in your life when you felt all alone or when you got lost from your family or friends? Describe what happened to you. Talk about how you felt.

Do you remember a time when you had to wait a long time for someone or something? How does it feel to wait?

The Bible Story

All of us have probably had experiences in our lives when we were waiting for someone and weren’t sure where they were. The psalmist in Psalm 130 had a similar feeling. He wasn’t waiting on his father to pick him up at the baseball field; instead, the psalmist felt like God’s presence wasn’t with him. The psalmist describes this experience when he writes, “I cry out to you, God. I wait for you—my soul waits for you.”

The psalmist reminds us of an important truth: God is what we want. Even more, God is who we need. There are times in all of our lives when we are lonely, frightened, feeling guilty, or maybe even sad. We need God’s presence, for God provides us with comfort, reassurance, forgiveness, and grace. God’s presence takes away our fear.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear.
—Psalm 46:1-2

Discussion

• Why is waiting usually very difficult for us?
• What are some of the things you have to wait for? How do you feel when someone or something makes you wait?
• Why do you think there are times when God seems to be very close to us but other times seems far away from us?
• When we have to wait, what are some specific things we can do to make waiting easier?

Prayer

Tell God that you want Him and need His presence in your life. Thank God for giving you forgiveness and hope. Ask God to help you when you have to wait and when God’s presence doesn’t seem close to you.

Jessica Asbell is currently serving as the Minister to Children at First Baptist Church of Roswell, GA. She has worked with children in various capacities at several churches, including Winter Park Baptist in Wilmington, NC, First Baptist of Decatur, GA, and Highland Hills Baptist in Macon, GA. She has a Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology and a BBA from Mercer University. In her spare time she loves to read, watch movies, and of course spend time with her sweet kitty, Lucy.

Kevin Head began serving as Minister to Young Families at First Baptist Roswell, Georgia, in February 2012. He has pastored three churches in Kentucky and more recently served as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Lumberton, North Carolina. In 2007, Kevin and his wife, Amy, began a ministry-based counseling practice called New Perspectives for Life in East Cobb, Georgia. He is a graduate of Furman University (B.A.) and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ph.D., M.Div.) in Louisville, Kentucky. Kevin was ordained by the First Baptist Church of Belvedere, South Carolina. His model of ministry is based on John 8 and the amazing, continual grace of Jesus Christ. Kevin and Amy have two children, Jenna and Joshua.

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