Recently, during a trip to Washington, D.C our nations capital, I visited the newly opened National Museum of African American History & Culture [NMAAHC} a five level, state of the art structure that stands as proud and strong as we are as a people. The museum itself was constructed to honor and preserve the history, legacy, and other significant events that have shaped our lives as a people. The museum was more than 4 years in the making and cost $540 million to construct. It contains artifacts from the freedom passage, slavery, civil & voting rights movements, arts, sports, past and present history-makers and much more. It was surreal, nostalgic, a lot to absorb, and absolutely worth the visit! There is so much interest and demand for tickets into the Museum, that admission is booked until January 2017.
What was most amazing to me were the thousands of people; young, old, babies, school age, in wheelchairs and walkers, people of color, and white, standing outside in the rain, wrapped around the corner, waiting in multiple lines for hours just to get into the museum for a glimpse of a period in history that reflects their rich heritage and contribution of their culture. I did not notice any rudeness, disrespect, or impatience; there was unity of focus! It reminded me of the thousands of Jews and Gentiles that would gather, follow Jesus, and wait on Him to hear His teaching, receive food/healing. But, it also made me wonder if people would be willing and have the patience, persistence, and passion to wait in line to see Jesus? Because as we go through life and its many experiences, it requires waiting on the God appointed time to receive what God has for you.
I pray that regardless of what is going on in your life, no matter what your need is right now, or how intense the situation is, or how long you’ve been waiting on an answer from God, keep waiting, it’s not in vain but worth the wait to hear our Lord & Savior say, “Well done good and faithful servant, you’ve been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”
Finally, my church family, I encourage you, “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord!” Psalm 27:14