Lords Waiting Room
By Linda Seres
"Draw me, we will run after Thee: the King hath brought
me into His chambers." Song of Solomon 1:4a
Just before the entrance that leads into the Chamber of the
intimate presence of the Lord, is His waiting room, the place
where we are made ready to enter.
This "waiting room" is a place where few remain
to seek entrance, for the room has nothing within to entertain.
There is no clock on the wall, nor is there a receptionist
to assure us that our time to enter will shortly come. Also
the door that leads into the Chamber is tightly closed, offering
no glimpse of what is beyond.
There are many empty chairs in this room since most will
leave because of the delay in being called to enter. For those
who choose to remain, the barrenness and stillness of the
room directs them to self-examination. Thus, these few do
not talk or notice each other.
"My mother's children were angry with me; they made
the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have
I not kept" Song of Solomon 1:6b.
As we recognize our need and our confession flows out from
deep within, a new desire begins to form and rise - a question
to ask the Lord when we are finally bidden into His presence.
"Tell me, O Thou whom my soul loveth, where You feed,
where You make Your flock to rest at noon: for why
should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks
of Your companions? Song of Solomon 1:7.
Once we have experienced His presence, we will no longer
be satisfied with information about Him, which we had been
accustomed to receive from others. Now we feel the urgency
to come into His presence and partake of Him alone. We have
tasted, and we are forever ruined.
No longer are we concerned with the length of the wait; but
rather, we anticipate the satisfaction we will receive, when
once we have come within His chamber.
Now the "waiting room" has become a place of blessed
anticipation in which we are being made ready for his highest