FOR WEDNESDAY TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Luke 24:44-49
“What comes next is very important: I am sending what my Father promised to you, so stay here in the city until he arrives, until you’re equipped with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49; The Message)
The catch phrase “wait for it – wait for it” has often been used by comedians and in a number of shows as a quick aside to emphasis the point. It has often been used as a stage direction in plays instructing the actors when they say a particularly funny line to wait for the rise and fall of the laughter of the audience before continuing with the next line.
According to Eric Partridge who put together A Dictionary of Catch Phrases in 1977, “wait for it – wait for it” first came about from the British army when soldiers were warned by their superior officers during WWI to not execute the next command in a series until they’re told to do so. For example, these orders would be given on a battle field: “Ready, aim, wait for it – wait for it, FIRE!”
Yet, I think the essence of this phrase can be found in Luke’s Gospel when just before his ascension into heaven, Jesus told his disciples to return to Jerusalem “wait for it” – it being the fulfillment of God’s promises. Then they would be ready to obey his next command to be witnesses.
Before we begin the work of each day, a helpful spiritual discipline is to begin with Scripture and prayer wherein we “wait for it – wait for it” and then go to be His disciples.
Prayer: In the silence of this moment, Faithful God, I await Your instructions for this new day. Amen.