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”.

513 thoughts on “God’s Waiting Room

  1. ‘everyone had their own rule books on how to wait best’ Yes I can see people’s rule books and I can see mine. I can also see the dedication to these rules. The waitng room is more than a metaphor as that is what we are actually doing.

  2. Oh my god – gods waiting room must be jam-packed right now!!!! I absolutely love what you have shared Joel and to deeply realize that god is waiting for me and that I only have to chose to do my step towards him is fantastic and very very soothing.

  3. It’s actually quite a deep way to communicate the undercurrents of our relationship to God, and the simplicity of re-union and the welcome back home.

  4. We can stay in the uncomfortable comfort and observe those that are making changes with resentment, bitterness and jealousy or we too can choose to walk through the door and feel how incredibley freeing it is.

  5. There is something inside us that knows we will ascend, however, it is up to us to make this choice. The delay is painful, and only gets more painful holding out. Why wait, when there is glory to live?

  6. A most beautiful reminder how easy it is to connect with our divinity, no waiting and comparing just connecting and getting on with things.

  7. When we from our own choice go through the door of God, we will hear the welcoming words “I’ve been waiting for you” and I knew you were coming.

  8. When God would ask you on you return ‘and did you enjoyed it down there?’ What would you then answer?

  9. This was awesome to read as 5 minutes after I felt like I had opened the door but not completely walked through! Time to connect more ✨

    1. Beautiful Vicky, I feel I look at the open door without fully walking through and love the reminder to simply connect more.

  10. Yes, how long have we been waiting and what have we been waiting for when all we have to do is walk through the door so to speak. Instead of centuries I feel it has been eons.

    1. Yes Jill, it is a matter of free will and that at times is something that is heavily misunderstood by people. And I would say willingly misunderstood in order to have this life of creation we have made for ourselves not to be disrupted.

  11. This reminds me how we say we want to do something – like taking up a new hobby, joining a gym, travelling to a far away land, starting up a new business/project etc. and for some, it just stay as a dream and some just simply get up and do it, and I have always wondered how true that ‘want’ really was in the first place. Maybe, those in the waiting room don’t really want to see God, but just like to be in the waiting room. A true yes is a movement that does not need motivation or reasoning and pretty much immediate.

  12. Brilliant, this plays out in life every day to one degree or another – in our relationship with God, with others and with ourselves.

  13. Do you think the tension between the people in the waiting room is what happens when we have a quiet belief that when the door opens we will finally be proven right – that we had the right picture of God?

  14. Many years ago I felt the ridiculousness of having several competing religions and knew that one day when universal consciousness is raised, all mankind will know and return to the truth of One God.

  15. That’s the kicker, we keep God out, we’re the ones who turn away, and when we step back God is there ready and waiting.

  16. We are the ones who decide to disconnect from knowing ourselves as we truly are. It is up to us to reconnect and reclaim our true selves, God is always there waiting for us to return to the love deep down we know we are.

    1. This is a very pertinent comment and God is waiting for us – ‘everyone counts and everyone matters.’

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

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

  26. 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.

    2. Sarah,I just had the exact same experience with this blog of Joel’s. A true gem and one that brought a deep sadness to me as I could feel just how much I have been resisting ‘walking through that door’ lately, and coming up with all kinds of excuses not to do so. The last line is so powerful and His love is so palpable in it.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

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

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

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