Did you know that you’ll spend approximately four years of your life just waiting for things! As in 1,460 days of doing nothing…but waiting. Like waiting at the dentist’s office. Waiting for that phone call. Waiting in the elevator. Waiting in the checkout line. Waiting for your bride to get ready. Waiting in the bleachers for the game to start. Waiting for the waitress to bring your dinner. Waiting in your deer stand. Standing there on the dock waiting for your fishing bobber to take a nose dive. Waiting for the pastor to finally finish his sermon! Waiting…well, you get the idea.
As I write this, I have been waiting for a package in the mail for over a week now. While I have attempted to occupy my time with more productive activities than just sitting on the front porch staring down my driveway for the UPS man to come around the corner, I’ve been reminded of how crummy I can be at waiting for things! After several phone calls and multiple emails, I’m still waiting to “see what brown can do for me”!
Well, when I was in high school, I tacked something else onto this waiting list. I made a commitment to “wait” for my future bride. As in, I was going to save sex ‘til marriage (Note: I did not say “safe” sex ‘til marriage…I said “save” sex). And to make that temptation slightly easier on myself, I decided to also save my first kiss for the woman with whom I would spend the rest of my life.
Come to find out, “waiting” couldn’t have been easier…if I was a eunuch! = ) As it turns out, I am most definitely not a eunuch, and my commitment of “waiting until my wedding day” proved to be extremely difficult. Somewhat like putting a roast beef in your dog’s kennel and then telling it to “wait” until you get back from an eight-year furlough in Australia! I’m no pooch, but I’m guessing that would be a tough haul for my Cocker Spaniel/Rat Terrier crew!
Few people understood why I chose to wait. As an engaged man, I spent the better portion of an evening at work one night explaining (and re-explaining) to my Applebee’s co-workers why I wasn’t already enjoying some “chicka chicka bow wow” with my fiancée since we were going to be married anyhow! They just could not seem to grasp the fact that there would be any benefit in saving your body for marriage. Shucks, I even had to stand up to a girlfriend’s daddy once as to why I refused to kiss his daughter. “A real gentleman kisses his girl”, he said. Well, not this gentleman! At least not yet!
Now, I’ve been married for almost three years…and the “out-of-bounds lines” have all disappeared. I have found out quite first hand that sex is a fantastic gift from God, and I am so glad that I waited for this gift until my wedding night! This waiting room is a beautiful place for those who are willing to stay there until “I do”. No, it’s not even remotely easy…but the joy of being able to give that gift of purity to your future lover makes it totally worth the wait!
This song is my story in this waiting room. While there are a number of great Christian songs out there dealing with this same topic, this one is unique to my experience. For those of you who are in this waiting room right now, I hope this song encourages you.
Somewhere you’re out there. Maybe I don’t know you, but I don’t care. You’re beautiful to me. Maybe you’re on the other side of the world. You could be standing right here, and I just don’t see. // I don’t know you, but I’m okay for now. “Hello” can’t be that far. I’m still waiting. I’m still praying for, for everything you are. Maybe we’re worlds apart. Maybe we’re not so far away. This love was written from the start, and I’m learning how to wait. // To dance with you in the rain and just stare into your eyes. To hold your hand for life as we dance across time. To tell you “I love you” like I’ve always done in my dreams, but it’s taking forever it seems. // Chorus // I believe we’ll know when that day does arise.
You’ll capture my heart as I look into your eyes. And when we’re standing at the altar of our dreams, I can’t wait to see you smile. Oh, I can’t wait to see you smile.
Lyrics by Jeremiah Knoop and Megan Reinsch // Music by Jeremiah Knoop