Have you ever had to wait?
Did it increase your joy and happiness? Probably not.
Think through your life and all the lines you’ve waited in…what feelings stirred within you?
We don’t like the wait – it’s why we scan the checkout lanes to spy the shortest or fastest line. It’s why we scan the traffic horizon in order to maneuver to the quicker lane. It’s why we like the microwave. We crave the ‘fast-pass’ at the park. We long for the online shopping experience versus the store. We’ll take the drive thru, please.
In the land of “instant-everything” – embracing the wait isn’t what we crave. In fact, we do all we can to avoid it.
But, waiting – the holding pattern in life creates space for God to work in ways that we can’t discover while speeding down the fast track.
I’ve been learning about waiting. I still may not like it. But the calling to ‘wait on the Lord’ is all throughout the Scriptures.
Waiting time is THE opportune time for God to be at work. In the land of “instant everything” – it’s difficult to embrace the wait.
In the Book of Lamentations – a book in the Old Testament that is capturing the broken journey of God’s people in captivity through poetry. The writer records the sadness, the desperation and the despair. They are in the waiting period. The writer stops in the middle and recalls something that reassures that God is still at work. That those who depend on God, who wait for Him, will not be forgotten. God is at work still.
21 Yet I still dare to hope
when I remember this:
22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
23 Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;
therefore, I will hope in him!”
25 The Lord is good to those who depend (wait) on him,
to those who search for him. ~Lamentations 3:21-25
In the original text – the word: depend speaks of waiting with expectation, lingering with hope of what is to come and looking forward to its delivery. Not because it’s depending on oneself, but rather that the dependency is placed in the Lord.
Waiting is a challenge. But when you have God, you don’t just wait. You can wait with a smile and a growing expectation.
See Ephesians 3:20-21 and the Apostle Paul’s proclamation…
20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.
As I’ve been in a season of waiting, there’s been challenge. It’s the internal challenge that calls one toward desperation and trying to create ‘next steps’ in our own power. To lose focus on the Provider and try to operate as your own provider.
This tension exists within any space of silence or delay.
I tweeted this the other day – it’s been a word God has been marinating within my heart recently. I wake up daily and I’m working on choosing dependency and learning to embrace the wait…
“When God delays an answer, it’s fertile ground for 2 things: desperation or dependency. Choose wisely what you let grow.”