I am not a woman who is naturally inclined to wait.
Fast food. High speed Internet. 70 MPH Interstates. Books on line. TV On Demand. Iphones. Online shopping. Overnight shipping. One day surgery. One minute clinics.
Even a target associate will help you in less than 60 seconds.
However, we do still have call waiting. But you better hurry up and click over. Or I’ll hang up.
I don’t want to wait too long.
But what happens when we don’t have a choice? We have to wait – On water to boil. On a red light to change. On a test result. On the market to improve. On an interview call back. On an orphan overseas. On our soul mate.
The word WAIT occurs 101 times in the Bible.
The word WAITING 21 times.
The word WAITED 35.
Lots and lots of waiting.
But why? Couldn’t the Lord just say the word and make it happen? Why wait? He is All Powerful, right??
Simply speaking, maybe God wants us to appreciate what He gives us.
What did he learn in the wait? Patience. Endurance. Persistence.
Grant learned that he could trust me to listen to his request.
Waiting builds trust. Waiting builds strength. Waiting builds courage.
Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14
Wait: (Quavah) To look for eagerly. To hope. To lie in wait. To linger. To expect anything.
We can trust God to hear our request. We can expect anything from him. Our hope can rest in Him. We can lie down – rest a spell. Linger and eagerly look for the Lord…waiting.
Be strong here is used not of physical strength, but of the mind. God strengthens our mind while we wait on Him.
Let your heart take courage – once again used of the mind. It takes courage to trust in the unseen. To hope. Waiting with undaunted courage.
Undaunted: courageously resolute especially in the face of danger or difficulty : not discouraged.
Patience is waiting well.
What an opportunity waiting gives us to expect of Him. To linger in His presence. Waiting courageously. Hoping with undaunted faith in the One who is worthy of our trust.
This blog is not in theory for me. There is an area of my life that I have been in a season of wait for over eight months. Waiting and watching, every single day, several times a day, for the Lord’s answer to manifest. It is hard. But I am thankful for the trust, courage and strength He is building in me. I would NOT trade it.
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love. Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you. Psalm 33:18, 20-22