“Wait” isn’t my favorite word. It seems so useless. As though nothing is happening. Shouldn’t I be doing something? There’s always so much to be done. And yet…God is teaching me to “wait”.
This has been a process…. Believe me! And it still is!
My idea of what “waiting” looks like began to change a couple of years ago. I was in a small group of ladies and we were studying the “Psalms of Ascent”. These are the psalms that the faithful of the Lord would sing as they walked the road up to Jerusalem to worship.
Psalm 130:5 says: “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.”
What I learned blew apart my picture of waiting! It’s not like a waiting room at a doctor’s office where you fidget and thumb through a magazine you’re not really interested in. Not at all!
“Waiting” is an active term. We wait expectantly. We wait knowing that something is about to happen. It’s not like waiting in line to pay for your groceries. It’s like waiting to go down the aisle to meet your groom! An exciting, hope-filled anticipation of what God will do next!
Psalm 130:5 says “In his word I put my hope.” I’m learning to read his word for my truth and my hope and THEN to wait. It says twice (which always means it must be important) “my soul waits”.
Now that’s frankly the hard part for me. I can read the Word and think that God is going to do something wonderful and rush on with my day, never giving it another thought. “My soul waits…”
Teach me to live my life, every moment, waiting expectantly with great hope, knowing that You are acting all around me. Calm my anxious, busy mind and soul so that I can “wait” on You. Remind me that this is Your work and I should be still and let You do it. Open my eyes to You. Help me to be a “watchman” so anxious for the morning that I’m always on the lookout for the dawn. You are the Dawn! Keep my soul waiting and watching for You!
To Be Continued….