Psalm 27:14 (CSB) Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart be courageous. Wait for the Lord.
What are you waiting for? Who are you waiting on? Do you remember the cause of hesitation? Is it waiting or wandering? Who knows anymore? Waiting is one thing, but when you are still waiting it is an entirely different matter.
Yesterday, my grandson had an appointment for a routine ultrasound. In his early stages of development, the anatomy scan revealed one kidney was not the same size as the other one. So he has had period scans to evaluate the inequality even though I believe it is just God showing the uniqueness of our design. After endlessly searching for a parking spot, my daughter and I pulled out the stroller and raced to the central registration. Of course, as any toddler would, he became fidgety and did not want to remain in the stroller but rather terrorize the waiting room. While mama filled out all his paperwork, I bounced him to sleep until I had a massive lump of baby love to lug around. Sitting in the radiology department staring at his beautiful face, I was thankful for his rest in the waiting. In fact, he was so exhausted from preschool that he slept through the entire scan even after being flipped like a sack of potatoes to continue the procedure. He blissfully snored through the whole thing.
Waiting on the Lord is not always easy. However, it is necessary. When placed in a waiting room, it is natural to become antsy when our name is not called as expected. Sometimes one might go to the window to inquire as to how much longer it might be. Or worse, if unclothed waiting on the doctor feeling completely cold and vulnerable – there is a certain helplessness associated with waiting on God. No wonder the psalmist writes: Be strong…and let your heart be courageous.
I believe God put me in that waiting room with my grandson yesterday to remind me that waiting is part of His Process. To be still and know that He is God just as we knew little man had an appointment. He was on the list. They checked him off and then we waited. God has our name. He knows our purpose. He has a plan. It is our destiny to prosper. We find ourselves waiting in His Presence and it is then that what seemed so clear becomes a bit cloudy. Our mind plays tricks on us. Doubt creeps in. Things get uncomfortable. What if I missed God? What if I was wrong? Should I just leave?
Isaiah 40:27-31 (CSB) Jacob, why do you say, and, Israel, why do you assert: “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my claim is ignored by my God”? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the whole earth. He never becomes faint or weary; there is no limit to his understanding. He gives strength to the faint and strengthens the powerless. Youths may become faint and weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not become weary, they will walk and not faint.
As legendary radio host, Paul Harvey would say, “Now here’s the rest of the story…” The journey of faith will inevitably take us through the valley of waiting. Waiting is an opportunity to learn to trust God more. It is the very thing that establishes trust in us that will not abandon hope in the darkness. However, we don’t like to wait. In a world that offers immediate gratification, believers serve of God of waiting and trusting. Every seed must be given time to die in the ground, push through the dirt, sprout in the sun, mature through the seasons and then bear fruit. Some go through the process much more quickly than others. While other seeds seem to take forever to release the full potential of their intricate design. You and I friend are no different. Not everyone’s pathway to faith looks the same. Everyone’s timetable is unique.
Too often scripture is segmented and only what we want to hear is accepted. However, the Bible must be consumed in its entirety. To the faint hearted who are considering giving up today there is a message. You must wait on the Lord. Our strength comes from our weakness as grace fills each void. God is making your way straight – in His Timing and according to His Plan. We must know who God is and trust in the great I AM in order to find peace and rest in the waiting times. The season when there seems to be zero progress. God is always working. He never grows weak or weary. He isn’t going to give in to our complaining, discomfort or inconvenience because He is a good God and great Father who will not give in to His Children but gives them His Very Best. We faint. We stumble. We fall. We break. God is more than able to refresh, renew and restore us in ever season. The waiting is producing trust for Your Father that will not be shaken as hope becomes the anchor of your soul. The promise is for those who trust God in the waiting! Will that be you? Lord, let that be me, too!
Psalm 27:13 (CSB) I am certain that I will see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living.
Waiting on the technician yesterday, I sat with my grandbaby splayed across my chest snoring to high heaven. I kicked back with my feet propped on his stroller to ease the burden of his large frame now completely relaxed. I have sat and waited for hours of my life in such waiting rooms. First with our children’s routine doctor visits, then with our youngest child’s bout with asthma, then with our middle daughter until they found a cause for her neurological disorder, and then for more than three years while our son battled cancer. I have been here before. I have literally slept in hospital room’s waiting on the Lord. Yet, I still forget in the waiting that my role is simply to trust God. In every single listed scenario, God has been faithful. He has been good. He has made a way where there was no way. When the word “impossible”, the Lord made all things possible in our miniscule belief. Yet I still get fidgety. I still cry out to be released. I wonder until I wander if only in my mind. Here is the verse that comes before the wait, be strong and have courage instructions of Psalm 27. You must be certain. You gotta know that you will see His Goodness in the land of the living. This is the game changer that allows us to wait on God. The power to be strong enough and disciplined enough to wait one more day, one more hour and one more minute not abandoning our watchtower but digging in. It is the statement that gives our heart courage even when everything around us is falling apart. We must know to be confident. Confidence gives us peace in the waiting.
Isaiah 25:9 (CSB) On that day it will be said, “Look, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he has saved us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him. Let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”
Don’t give up. Do not give in. It will be worth the wait when you endure to the end. God has good things in store for your life. He will do what He promised. He works according to His Plan which is discovered by seeking Him with our whole heart. (Jeremiah 29:13) We must read the rest of the story to find God’s tips for waiting, enduring, persevering, persisting, and standing still. Faith without works is dead. Faith is demonstrated by trust that what God has promised will come to pass enough to wait on it. He will never withhold good things from righteous people. To be right with God is to stay with Him. Do not compromise on quick. Do not settle for fast. Stay the course. Have faith. Be strong. Tell your mind to hush and remind your heart to have courage. The Lord began this good work in you and He will complete it. All in good time.
Philippians 1:6 (CSB) I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.