Does the word wait make you bristle? Does simply thinking about having to wait make you uncomfortable? Living in a culture that has become accustomed to instant everything it many times makes us crazy to wait for anything.
I am naturally not a patient person. It is something I recognize quite often. I have two speeds, fast and faster. I like things done quickly but well. Today we can become so easily frustrated because our Keurig did not make our single cup of coffee quickly enough, our laptop’s speed is too slow or we had to wait ten extra seconds to make that left-hand turn in heavy traffic. What has happened to us?
During this four month period of isolation of this crazy COVID-19 pandemic I have noticed how my life has evolved after four months of isolation. In the beginning I was okay with two weeks of isolation until it turned into a month or more. Eventually frustration took over because my ability to get out and socialize with a friend over lunch was gone or comfortably going out for some retail therapy was no longer possible. I was beginning to feel anxious and depressed. I had some days that I would cry easily. I was lonely.
Today, after nearly four months of the Coronavirus altering my life I am settling into a new rhythm. I am becoming comfortable with the slower pace that has mandated me spending most of my time alone. I am spending more time writing on my book, casually reading the three books I am reading simultaneously and enjoying the quietness as worship music plays throughout the house from my Google Nest Hub Max.
This morning I was reading a devotion from Andrew Murray a South African pastor during the late 1800’s to early 1900’s on waiting on the Lord. He mentioned that many times the Lord waits because he is being merciful. He is never withholding because he is denying us, but waiting for the right time. We don’t want to wait! We want it all NOW! How selfish of us all. Isaiah 30:18 says: ” Therefore the Lord is waiting to show you mercy, and is rising up to show you compassion, for the Lord is a just God. All who wait patiently for him are happy.” CSB
This made me think about circumstances that require waiting. When conception occurs it takes nine months before we see the wonderful results of that newborn’s arrival. When we plant seeds in the garden we have to wait before we can partake of the harvest. A good steak has to marinate for it to be tender. They all require waiting. When we do not see instant results we want to throw up our hands and say, “I’m done!” If we quit too soon we will miss what God has been planning for us all along.
I have waited for many things to come to pass. Some of them I am still waiting for. The meaning of wait is to expect, to tarry. We do not use the word tarry much but it means to stay in place, abide. It basically means to be still, don’t rush. Don’t rush? Are you kidding me? This is completely contrary to our culture. You want me to wait? That is one of our problems. Waiting is foreign to many of us.
Here are some verses on waiting. Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart be courageous.” Isaiah 40:31 “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. Hebrews 6:11-12 “Now we desire each of you to demonstrate the same diligence for the full of assurance of your hope until the end, so that you won’t become lazy but inherit the promises through faith and perseverance.” Anything good that God has for us is worth waiting for. I am still learning to wait. I know that God does not withhold good things from those who walk uprightly. Psalm 84:11.
Perhaps we need not shrink back from the word wait. God has good things in store for those who wait. Let’s put back into practice waiting before the Lord. We need to position ourselves in quietness and stillness so that we can hear him while we wait. Yes, those who will wait upon the Lord WILL renew their strength.
Living by the brook,