“I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, and he heard my cry.” Psalm 40:1
Every day it seems I am waiting for something. For someone.
I wait for calls to be returned, for emails to appear in my inbox and for my favorite late night television show to come on.
I wait for the school bell to ring and for my children to hop in my truck.
I wait for my husband to greet us when he returns from work and for the kitchen timer to tell us dinner is ready.
In the midst of a world frantically spinning with millions having places to go and people to see, we are all waiting for something. And in the quiet moments, I am waiting for deeper promises to be fulfilled and hard situation to be resolved.
I wait for God to reconcile loved ones to Himself so true restoration can take place.
I wait for God to lead me to a place in this world where my husband and I can serve side by side.
I wait for God to cultivate the gifts He’s given me and use them for His glory, in His time.
I wait for God to bring peace and comfort in a time of grief and remembrance.
I recently felt the Lord telling me to wait on Him. To my chagrin, I went into toddler mode, frantically waving my feet in the air and waving fists toward the skies, crying out for mercy. Really?
I want it all now, God. I’ve waited long enough.
Yet, God has extravagant promises to those who wait on Him. So why should I worry?
In the waiting room we are strengthen for what lies ahead. There is the assurance of being specifically prepared for a unique situation God has in store. You may feel ill-equipped for the turn of the season, but rest assured, God is firmly establishing your steps as you patiently wait on Him with excited expectancy. His plans for our life always prevail. Let us believe this.
Soon He will put a new song in our hearts and the melody will burst forth of all things we have been waiting for. Certainly, the lyrics and tune might be different, but God’s promises are far beyond our finite understanding. We will sing of deliverance and many see us praise God for setting our feet upon a rock and they will put their trust in the Lord.
Waiting is not always for our purposes, sometimes it is designed to be a witness to those who are watching, so God may be glorified. Our job now is to be faithful to what He has called us to.
When my toddler heart tames, I grab a pen and begin to write a prayer, listing all the things I am waiting for. In a whisper, I surrender it all to Him. Like a flower waiting to bud, Lord, make it all beautiful.
Are you waiting on God for something? Continue to trust, knowing He is building you up for a season yet to come and a purpose yet to be revealed. Wait and be faithful.