Friday, February 15, 2013
Today's post was written by Julie. I met her only recently, so I can't say I know her well, but I love her perspective as she shares it in her blog Along the Way. Hope you enjoy it too!
When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay in your house today.” Luke 19:5
I remember waiting for the bus to take me to ballet class. Mom taught piano lessons after school, and I wanted to dance. So, even though I was 13 or 14, I took the bus.
Shiny cars zoomed by as I sat on the bench alongside Whittier Blvd. Every one moved with direction and purpose, the traffic thick with exhaust fumes and rattling mufflers. I seemed to be the only one waiting.
Of course, if I wanted to catch the bus, I had to get there before it arrived. The bus driver wouldn’t wait for me. He didn’t know I would be there. He would just pass by the spot if the bench was empty.
Waiting for him was the only way to be sure that I’d be there when he got to the bus stop.
So, with bag of toe shoes and leg warmers in hand, eager not to miss him, I’d wait. And even though everyone else around me hurried by, I knew that to get where I wanted to go, I’d wait. Waiting wasn’t fun, but dancing was. The hope of dancing was worth the wait.
How like Zaccheaus.
Zaccheaus knew what he wanted. He wanted to see who Jesus was. He was curious. He wanted a glimpse.
But, his height, or lack of it, hindered him. So he ran ahead to a tree along the road, scrambled up and waited. He waited for who he knew was coming. He got way more than he expected.
First, he did get to see Jesus. From his tree branch, he had a clear view over the heads of the crowd. That was all he wanted — curiosity satisfied. But, then he also got Jesus’ attention. At that spot, Jesus looked at him and called him by name and invited himself to dinner.
From then on, Zaccheaus needed more than just his curiosity satisfied. He needed his soul satisfied. Jesus would turn Zach’s world upside down, inside out, forever changed.
All from waiting alongside the road Jesus was taking.
I want to wait like that… expectant.
Instead impatient because it seems answers are taking too long. Instead of anxious because I wonder if God remembers us. Instead of fearful because what Jesus asks of us might be hard.
I want to wait knowing that whatever God has planned for us will be way better than what we’re hoping for, way more than what we expected.
There’s a spot. A place where Jesus will look at me and call me by name and invite me to feast. And if I’m not willing to wait, I might miss him when he passes by.
So maybe waiting is less about biding my time and more about positioning myself to see Jesus.
Thanks, Zaccheaus. I’ll take that.