When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered around Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make gods for us, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” Exodus 32:1
Waiting is always the hardest part. Whether it is waiting for Christmas or birthday celebration, or waiting for the arrival of a loved one, the time spent waiting can be both a source of excitement and anxiety. Waiting is often a bit easier when we know the day and the hour we are waiting for. We can mark days off on a calendar, count down the minutes.
It is when we don’t know how long we will have to wait, that the anxiety can really set in. When we are stuck in an airport waiting for a delayed flight. When we are waiting on a grade on midterms. When we are waiting on a diagnosis. These are times when anxiety can get the best of us.
The people of Israel had waited for 40 days and 40 nights for Moses to come back down the mountain. In the end, they give in to their anxiety and need for feeling like they are in control and build a golden calf. And as God will make clear, this was not the right way to handle themselves in the waiting.
Since March, the whole world has been waiting. We have been waiting for a vaccine, waiting for a return to normal, waiting for justice and equity. How are you handling the waiting? What have you been doing to hold back the anxiety? What have you been doing to prepare for the time when the waiting is over?