God’s Waiting Room

by Joel L, Western Australia

So there I was, sitting in God’s waiting room. It’s a comfortable enough place with lots of people and their children waiting around. There was a big door with the word ‘God’ written on it, with everyone looking, waiting for God to open it.

I looked over and saw Moshe; he’s been waiting for thousands of years and is excited for the chance to see God for the first time. Abdulla has also been waiting a while and is sitting next to Moshe; there is an obvious tension between the two. Bodhi is also there and looking peaceful, if not a bit distracted by an ant, wondering if it’s someone he knew. Finally there’s Chris, who seems to have a quiet confidence that he and his kids will be seen first.

Moshe’s kids are a pretty driven bunch and seem to have a bit of a chip on their shoulder. Abdulla has some troublesome sons who appear to be pretty angry with each other and everyone else – and Bodhi’s kids seem quiet… too quiet. As for Chris, he seems to have lots and lots of kids running around, all doing different things to vie for his attention. None of them looked particularly joyful, healthy or happy, but all of them were determined not to give up their place in the waiting room (you’ve got to have faith, you see).

From time to time they get frustrated with the length of the wait and they blame each other for cutting in or making it harder for them while they wait, but generally they prefer not to comment on the behaviour of each other’s children, lest it reflect back on their own children.

I looked around for something to read (as you do in waiting rooms) and found everyone had their own rule books on how to wait best. They also seemed to have their own ideas as to what would happen once God arrived.

It seemed crazy that they didn’t help each other. After all, they were all in the same place, they were all waiting for the same thing, they all had similar troubles, worries and hopes for their children.

I tried waiting with them for a few centuries but recently started wondering if there was another way. It was only then that I noticed a man walking in and out of the door with ease. I asked the others about him and they all looked away, outraged at his lack of respect for the time they had waited. Others attacked this man’s suggestions that it could be as simple as taking responsibility for yourself and just getting up and walking through. He wasn’t looking for followers, but others saw sense in his words and also started to walk in and out of the door… this got my attention.

A couple of times I stood up – each time I got harsh glares from around the room, so I sat back down and waited a bit longer. Eventually I could wait no more… I stood up and walked though the door. I felt joy, I felt sorrow for having waited so long, and I heard the simplest and most welcoming words: “I’ve been waiting for you”.

466 thoughts on “God’s Waiting Room

  1. We often bring in complication that stops us from enjoying the simplicity of taking true responsibility for ourselves and being willing to live and honour the truth we are feeling within.

    1. Yes, the difference between the simplicity of taking responsibility for what you can do something about and difficulty that comes with complication from the abdication of that responsibility.

  2. Its so long since I last read this that as I was reading it I had no idea where it was leading, but when it got there I was not disappointed. Another beautiful parable this time showing us how daft we have all been and how simple it is if we want to see it.

  3. This blog just put a smile on my face. I’ve read it several times before, but I never tire of the simplicity, playfulness and powerful message.

  4. “I’ve been waiting for you” … simple, beautiful, says it all. It’s there for us when we’re willing to step in.

  5. I have read this so many times and I just so love it every time. What I love about this is that this is so true and funny and silly and how everything, all the angst and tension, seems to dissolve when we hear ‘I’ve been waiting for you’, and He still is.

  6. Thank you Joel I smiled as I read your blog this morning, it is a great reminder how we make choices based on what other people will think of us, rather than simply making choices that we know to be true and trusting ourselves to make them.

  7. Too good Joel, believe it or not this is the first time I have actually read this blog, I thought I had read all of yours many times over, being your biggest fan and all 😉 but today, I was blessed with this, love the last line, it’s so ironic that we can spend lifetimes waiting for someone that is in fact waiting for us!

    1. I am a big fan of Joel’s blogs too Sarah. Every time I read this blog, especially the last part, I can relate to feeling a mixture of joy because I have now stood up to enter God’s door and also at the same time feel sorrow for having waited so long too.

  8. ” and I heard the simplest and most welcoming words: “I’ve been waiting for you”. ” I heard them too, thanks you Joel,

  9. Beautiful Joel, I too had been waiting for a very long long time, by now have finally come through the door and been welcomed home.

    1. Me too Jill, there is such a warm welcoming home that is indescribable and not an ounce of frustration or judgement from God for how long I have been delaying my return home. I can feel we are all deeply held in love no matter what our choices are.

  10. This is so simple, playful and true: all we’ve ever wanted to feel and to know is all right there waiting for us, within us, all we have to do is say yes to it and make the first move.

    1. Yes Bryony, in our disconnection with God we also lost our playfulness and I now can fully understand why. It is because God is the playfulness and does not exist outside of him.

  11. It is so humbling to truly feel what you have written here Joel. The segregation between me and God is of my own making because i have invested in a life in disconnection with God out of an simply because I can do that arrogance.

  12. Joel’s parable, highlights beautifully how in life so many of us choose complexity over simplicity. It seems we jump in and do things in an arduous way because that is how we have always done them, whereas there may be a simpler option staring us in the face.

  13. Oh the sadness of knowing it is us who hold ourselves out of this space that is the full knowing of the grace of God. Thank God for Serge Benhayon who walked in and out with so much ease that it woke us up to not worry about that other people in the waiting room were thinking and we followed our heart back to love.

  14. Yes, we sit and wait, but what are we waiting for. The power lays within us all and there is no reason to wait but everything there to take the steps towards the truth we deep down know.

  15. Talk about delay! Why not take responsibility for how you live and choose to live the love your truly are today! We are going to all have to at some time or another and delay is nothing compared to living with your Soul.

  16. Wow Joel, I love reading your blog, you are a master at expressing God’s love and expressing truth to us all. It is a blessing every time I read this blog and a beautiful reminder to take every step towards God and to wait no longer.

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