Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
I hate waiting. Seriously. I like to get things done, multi-task. Be efficient. Waiting just does not fit into my plans. It’s hard for me to wait on the Lord. Lately, I’ve been reading an awful lot about God’s timing….and I’m starting to get the picture.
There’s a certain prayer request I’ve been praying for a long time. I mean like, 8 years long. Recently, I was walking my dog, pitying myself thinking, why so long, Lord? Then it kind of hit me. How else am I going to learn to wait on the Lord? I have to do just that…wait.
Sometimes I hear people talk about how they prayed so long, like a whole week or month for something before they got an answer. I am talking many, many years here! Part of me thinks, well goodness, try praying for years about this! But hey, why am I so slow to learn? Maybe if I would’ve learned the lesson sooner, I’d have the answer.
Some recent storms in our family have taught me a lot about waiting. I literally learned how to live one day at a time, taking one step at a time. I’m a planner. I like to know what’s ahead. And in recent situations, I was forced to look to God and trust him hour to hour. I learned what it means to rely on Him for your daily bread. And do you know what? I have more peace and more hope because of it.
I don’t know what your prayer request is today. Whether you have waited 20 minutes for an answer or 20 years, I pray that you would feel God’s presence and that through His reassuring word, you know He is working. Having to wait truly teaches us how to lay our burdens at His feet.
Sometimes, life is like walking on a tightrope. And that is terrifying for me, considering I am deathly afraid of heights. But I will keep my eyes on God. I look to the hills…where does my help come from? It comes from the Lord…literally putting one foot in front of the other, one step at a time, one day at a time. He is working, He will answer, in His time. His timing is best. That gives me hope.
So, I will wait. I have learned to find hope and peace in what I used to hate…waiting.
Dear God, I know there is no time in heaven but here on Earth, sometimes, years are long. Especially, when we are waiting. I thank you for teaching me what it means to wait on you and I trust your plan and your timing. Thank you for how you will answer my prayer. Amen