Wait. Wait a second. Hold on. Wait.
Waiting…I’m not very good at it. Patience is something I strive for constantly, pray for unceasingly, and fail at miserably. Right now my friends & family are nodding in agreement.
How well do you handle waiting? In a world plagued by instant gratification waiting seems to be the last thing on our mind. We are action junkies.
Scripture encourages engagement. In fact, there’s an entire book devoted to it. Coincidentally, it is called ACTS! Yep, that’s right…ACTS! The story tells how God’s people obeyed the Lord’s charge to take the gospel to the whole world.
Apparently, I’m so good at taking swift action that I also implement it in my prayer life. It goes something like this…
PRAY NO IMMEDIATE RESPONSE TAKE ACTION (BIG MISTAKE)
Action is necessary, often required, but so is waiting. Think about it. We wait on so many things in life. Passing trains, doctor appointments, long lines at Disney World, airport security, and answered prayer…above all, answered prayer.
Waiting on God
I’m beginning to understand that waiting equates to trust. Put simply, do I wholly, singly trust God? My waiting, my trusting, reveals my utter dependence upon Him. Do I wait expectantly or in doomed presumption that an answer is not forthcoming? Of the two, I prefer to hold onto this passage.
“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:13-14
Easy to say…not always easy to do. During the waiting seasons in my life, I would be well served to remember the countless times the Lord has blessed me beyond understanding while I waited. If I had received an immediate reply I would have missed so much. God, in His mercy, made me wait!
I believe we all struggle with waiting. We don’t know what will happen in the next few minutes let alone the next few days, weeks, or years. The good news is that God does! Wait upon Him!
“May God teach us the blessedness of waiting on Him.” Andrew Murray