Acts 1:7-11 NKJV And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. (8) But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (9) Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. (10) And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, (11) who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
I don’t know anyone that just loves to wait, but some don’t just hate it; they fear it. Like any fear there are higher, more debilitating levels and lower levels. If you spend some time thinking you will probably think of a number of people that have exhibited macrophobia. It’s not that they are necessarily in a hurry but they are just anxious about waiting for the answer, the movie, the phone call, the amusement park ride, the doctor’s office, etc…. Some Christians even get anxious as we WAIT for His return. I believe some of the people that saw the Lord ascend into Heaven experienced macrophobia.
Jesus just told them that it was none of their business when the Father would have Him return to set up His earthly kingdom. Instead, He told them they should be walking in the power of the Spirit and providing evidence that Jesus is Alive. Yet as He ascended, they just stood there staring up into the sky. We don’t know how long they stood there looking, but apparently it was long enough that the Lord had to send some angels to them to tell them to get back to the important business at hand.
Sometimes I think He wants to send angels to us to tell us the same thing. Many times under the stresses and trials of life I’ve told the Lord, “You can come back anytime now.” Or said, “You know this would be a whole lot easier if you just came back already.” And I don’t think I’m alone. I look forward to the glorious day that our Savior returns for His Church, but sometimes I just want it now because I don’t want to deal with something or am under some other pressure and want relief. Sometimes though, I just yearn to be with Him so bad that I no longer want to wait to see Him face to face. You know what the Lord’s response to people that don’t want to wait is? Stop waiting and go do something.
That’s it. He said do something. If you hate waiting for things, do something else. Take a book with you to the doctor’s office, do some push-ups or crunches during commercials, or find something else use full to do while you wait. For those waiting for His return or getting over anxious for it, reading and re-reading every eschatological book they can get their hands on; or for those just wishing He’d come back so we could avoid a difficult conversation or circumstance… Stop it! Go do something productive for the Kingdom. Jesus is coming back. We’ve been commissioned to tell others about His return. Get busy!