Waiting

Waiting is one of God’s favorite ways to get our attention. In some ways, our lives' titles could be The Great Wait.

“Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” Psalm 27:14 (NIV)

Noah waited for the rain. Daniel waited through the night with a den full of lions. David waited in the cave. Abraham and Sarah waited 25 years for the arrival of their promised son, Isaac, after waiting an entire lifetime to even get the promise in the first place.

Waiting on God isn't easy. All of those mentioned waited. They, too, were flawed, with the exception of Jesus. They were people just like you and me, trying to please God but often falling short. The waiters were no better at waiting than I am. I mean, some of them got it. But … most of them didn’t, since I usually don’t get it either. Let’s not kid ourselves: Waiting is a difficult and most would perceive it as a universal weakness.

Yet, there is always work to be done while we’re waiting. While Noah waited for the rain, he got busy with what he had: a lot of wood and some specific measurements. As Daniel waited, he remained faithful in prayer and firm in his convictions. Likewise, Job, David, Paul and even Jesus waited patiently and began the ministry God called each of them to do, caring for the people around them. Sometimes the work is hands-on and physical, and other times it’s a solitary journey of soul-searching. Sometimes the work is a discipline of noticing, a practice of being alert and aware; sometimes it’s about being patient, loving and present. But when we choose to surrender to the moment, when we seek to believe this moment is part of a larger story, and when we embrace the ache of the longing, the wait is never wasted.

The Lord enters the journey of those who wait. May we continue to trust Him as He reveals Himself along the way.

Dear God, You are the Maker of time. I thank You for holding every moment in Your hands, even the moments of my patience — and impatience. Please show me where You are while I wait, and reveal to me what I can do to serve, love and lead others even as I wait. I long to trust You with my whole life, in the doing and in the waiting. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

May you know and serve while you wait upon the Lord.

Tammy Heflebower   (This devotion was inspired by Tricia Williford, Daily Devotions)

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