No matter what stage of life we are in, it would seem as if we are always waiting for something. A better job. Greater opportunities. A miracle. Surely, you have heard the verse that encourages us to “wait on the Lord,” but what should waiting on the Lord look like?
Is it sitting in a dark room waiting to hear a voice from Heaven?
Is it just going through the motions of everyday without joy, without contentment?
When I think of God, I think of a Being who is always active, One who is always moving, creating, molding, and shaping the world around us. So, when we are asked to wait, I cannot imagine that it would be boring, mundane.
Actually, when you look at the word “wait” in Psalm 37: 34, you see that it means to “look for”, “to expect”, “to hope.” Waiting is anything but inactive. I believe that waiting is actually the most exciting, most rewarding, most demanding time of a person’s life. If we look closely, we can come to understand that this is when God is doing the most personal and most extensive work in our lives.
The reason that we so often miss the importance of waiting is because these are the pieces of the Bible that are left out. We usually get caught up in the “things” men and women in the Bible did. Noah and his ark. Moses and the parting of the sea. We look at that and say, “I want to do that! I want to have a purpose like Noah or lead like Moses!” Our eyes automatically focus on the accomplishments simply because the Bible doesn’t spend too much time focusing on the day to day lives of these great men and women. No doubt, they had to get up in the morning, brush their hair, pick out their outfit for the day, get the kids ready, and so on. Yet, the time between their birth and their calling was filled with much anticipatory “waiting.” The times not shared with us are the times God spent building their character and readying them for the “big stuff,” the life-changing stuff. In the meantime, He had to teach them about obedience, faithfulness, and trust; and as we all know, these are the qualities that take the most time to cultivate.
God could move our mountains tomorrow and give us everything that we desired, but would we be ready for it? Would our foundations stand strong under the pressure of the promise? Only He would know, which is why… we wait. Instead, I urge you to cherish this time, relish in the opportunity to delight yourself in the Lord and get close to Him because your promise will come, and the last thing He would want is for you to fall under the pressure.
I leave you with this verse from Isaiah 40:31, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Be strengthened and encouraged in the Lord.
So, when the time comes, you will mount up.
You will run.
You will soar.