If I ever write a book it will be about waiting. Waiting is so stinkin' hard. We wait for something to start. We wait for something to end. We wait for something to change. We wait for waiting to end.
Huh. That rhymed. Maybe I'll write a poem about waiting before I write my book :)
Waiting is a constant in life and yet we are no good at it. It takes trust and perseverance and time. There are a ton of books written about waiting...many of which I would like to read. There are songs about waiting (see my list on the left). There are verses about waiting.
Clearly if there are so many references in Scripture about waiting, God means for us to wait. I have shared before that I write dates in the margin of my Bible. I have many dates or notes written next to verses on waiting.
We are told WHEN to wait. HOW to wait. In WHO to HOPE during our wait. We are not waiting for something. Ultimately we are all waiting for the Lord.
Here are a few verses that have spoken to me or touched me through my years of waiting:
In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:3
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14
We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. Psalm 33:20
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. Psalm 37:7
I wait for you, O Lord; you will answer, O Lord my God. Psalm 38:15
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. Psalm 130:5
We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you. Psalm 33:20-22
Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts. Isaiah 26:8
Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! Isaiah 30:18
I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." Lamentations 3:24
I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord. Psalm 40:1-3
Waiting is not an accident.
Waiting is not second best.
Waiting is not what you do to pass time.
Waiting is the plan.
And we can choose to wait. Wait well. Wait with worry. Wait and wonder. Wait and whine.
While many think that waiting requires that you do nothing, I would venture to say that waiting requires a lot of you:
It requires you to seek the Lord.
It requires you to strive to be patient.
It requires you to meditate on truth.
Waiting is a very active thing to do. If you are not actively waiting on the Lord then might I be so bold as to suggest that you are wasting your season of waiting?
Waiting is the hardest thing I have done in my 33 years of life. But with great faith I ask, "Is the Lord's perfect plan not worth waiting for?"
"Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him." Isaiah 64:4