When the central consolation of your life has departed and it appears that all your hope is gone, what do you do in the meantime? After resurrection, Jesus Christ, the object of our faith, has departed into heaven, then what do you do in the meantime.
Early on, disciples had to deal with this question; and it is no less a quandary for those who would be followers of Christ today. Some insight and practical activity can be garnered regarding the struggle for what do you do in the meantime which those first disciples confronted.
Our generation finds it difficult to wait on hardly anything. We want our meals, our ambitions, and even our relationships immediate, right now. We have become accustomed to instant everything. However, desiring the authority of the Holy Spirit which gives us the privilege, the right, and the opportunity to extend God’s purpose in the earth requires us to wait. What do you do in the meantime? We must wait on the Lord.
Waiting, here, is not simply an isolated and idle occupation. No, waiting is done in community; demonstrating the love of our Lord toward those who are within and without the community of faith. What do you in the meantime is more like the excellent waiter at a restaurant, one who attentively watch to determine the needs of the patron. That waiter is ready to serve at any moment, always eager to please and accommodate the one to whom they have been assigned.
In answer to the question what do you do in the meantime, those early disciples waited on the Holy Ghost. They were in prayer, carrying on praise service. They were worshipping and blessing the Lord. They had come together on one accord anticipating the tip of blessing from the Lord, the help of the Holy Ghost to continue God’s work.
Take heart my brothers and sisters when you feel weary and it appears you are all alone. Recall your answer to what do you do in the meantime. Isaiah captured it in that 40th chapter, “they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up on wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint”.