A Biblical Example of a Time of Waiting:

Acts 1:3-5, 12-14 New International Version (NIV)

After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.”

12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk[a] from the city. 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

Matt Skinner:  The first significant act of the apostles occurs when they hike back to Jerusalem . . . and wait. Yet the interval makes an essential point about how God will interact with these people. Presumably, the Holy Spirit could have come immediately after Jesus’ ascension, but God waits. Instead, God has Jesus’ followers remain. They begin to become a community that knows what it’s like to wait on the Lord.

The waiting has an active quality to it, going beyond merely sitting around and contemplating the past and future. The apostles wait secluded in a “room upstairs,” where they are “constantly devoting themselves to prayer” along with others who followed Jesus, both men, and women.

Living like this requires just as much courage as if Jesus had told them to go out immediately and change the world using their brains and muscles. They wait, not because they see it as their only option, but because they expect big things to come from God–situations in which they will be privileged to play essential roles.

Time of waiting was significant for Disciples; it wasn’t squandered:

Disciples used that time in the Upper Room wisely; let’s use this time wisely to wait on the Lord, be obedient, prayerful, and to be attentive to the work of the Holy Spirit