We wait through the day – to see how a child’s day went, for test results, to learn if we got the job, to learn that a child is safely to a destination.
We wait for weeks – to see the results of hard work, to learn if our child (or we) got into a program, for a dynamic to change at work, at home, in the economy.
We wait for years – to have a child, for physical healing, for healing in a relationship, for a loved one to choose Christ, for someone to forgive us.
We wait for God’s directing counsel.
How do you wait?
Waiting is an active part of relationship with Jesus.
When we love Jesus most, we seek Him as we wait. We wait for Him. We wait with Him.
We engage – unload our feelings, petition, thank, and listen to Him. As we do, God gives. He supplies what He SEES that we need most in the moment. More than that, He gives such that His supply contributes to our growth, our transformation.
“…but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40.31)
We don’t like to wait. We want quick results, product for our effort.
No matter how fragile, discouraged or even weak in faith we feel, God sees our decision to wait for and with Him. He responds with love. Love that casts out fear, brings peace, strengthens, gives hope, and changes us. He grows our weak places to be strong and grows our heart to know Him and love Him.
Jesus, Thank you for how You wait for us. You wait with abundant love and grace. Remind us to invite You into our waits, help us submit to You as we wait. Amen.