You step into the doctor’s office, on time for your appointment. Then you are told, “The doctor is running late. He’s an hour behind.”
What do you do? Wait.
No one enjoys waiting. We think of a million things we could be doing. It seems like wasted time.
When Jesus was about to ascend to heaven, His final word to the disciples was, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
The waiting time was important. Jesus knew His friends could not fulfill their mission without supernatural power. And neither can we.
What did they do during that 10-day wait?
They prayed. They achieved unity. They were “of one accord.”
They took care of unfinished business by appointing an apostle to take Judas’ place.
Waiting is a time to repent, pray, and remove any spiritual debris in our lives. Then, to live in expectation of the Holy Spirit baptism. He will come — right on time!
I will wait in obedience for the infilling of the Holy Spirit and prepare my heart to receive this gift of love.