When it plays, you wait. It represents a time where you are moving but you are also stationary. You are making progress - going up or down - but you do not yet have freedom to go. I struggle with this concept. Once I know my destination, I am ready to go and go ‘without restriction’.
Jesus taught His followers about His Kingdom. Then He died (showing His love) and rose again (showing He is God). Before He ascended to Heaven, He addressed the group and told them to wait. So, they did:
(Acts 1:12-14 ESV) Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away. And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
These men and women had been given explanation to the mysteries of God’s Kingdom. They had seen the Savior defeat death. They had to be bubbling with enthusiasm to do something - anything!. Yet, Elevator Music. Jesus said to go and wait.
Having the Biblical record, we can see that these folks were waiting for good reason. We see that they were waiting for the great power that would be given to them from God’s Holy Spirit. Most of the time we are not privy to that type of hindsight in our own life. We get a nudge from God to wait and we do not always want to do so. Rather than see the whole picture we may focus on the fact that we are ‘ready to go’. Indeed, we may but just because we think we are ready does not mean everything else is…
I used to work on the 48th floor of a building in Tulsa. Once, I took the stairs instead of the elevator…just for kicks. That was quite an experience. I don’t recommend it. When God says to wait for His perfect timing and His perfect will then we should do so. The ride won’t be nearly as long as it seems and the choice of music isn’t so bad. Deciding we are unwilling to ‘sit still’ and ‘wait on Him’ may result in a very long set of stairs. Now, when the Elevator Door opens and you hear the ‘ding’ it is time to release all that excitement and energy…you have arrived and it is time to get going.