The plane screeched onto the runway and made the long taxi to the exiting gate. The seatbelt sign dinged off. People crowded into the aisles, pulling bags out of the overhead bins, and firing up their phones, ready for the sideways walk off the plane. Normally, once you reach the gate, the workers take less than five minutes to connect the bridge to the plane and open the door. After sitting at the gate for at least ten minutes I realized something was amiss. The speaker dinged, and the captain began to speak. “Sorry for the delay, ladies and gentlemen. We’re just waiting on a gate agent to arrive. As soon as he gets here, we’ll get the doors open and you can be on your way.” Thoughts ran through my mind. Where is he? Our plane is on schedule, did he not know we were coming? How can anyone be so irresponsible?
Then, I thought about times people have waited on my to show up. What about you? Is someone waiting for you to show up? Wondering why you haven’t called to ask how they are? Wondering why you never wrote that “Thank You” card? Waiting for you to invite them to church? Hoping you will show interest in their soul?
I am amazed to know how God waits for us to come to him – to seek his redemption and healing. “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). Is God patiently waiting for you to repent? Be careful. He will not wait forever.