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Waiting Is The Hardest Part…

This is something I wrote back in October 2007, but it is still very pertinent today. Enjoy!

Wait, wait on You. My hands are tied and I’m broken in two. No sense trying to wear Your crown. You are King so I lay it down. Wait, wait on You. My will is dead and I’m black and blue. You know best and You are true. Give me strength to trust in You and wait.
-“Wait” written and performed by Todd Fields on his 2000 release, Now For Then

Woman waiting

Waiting is never easy!

In a world of minute rice, instant coffee, and microwave popcorn we are called to “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” (Psalm 37:7a) More often than not, I have found myself crying out to God, “Why?!?!” Patience is not (and will probably never be) one of my spiritual gifts. I want things to happen in my timing or not at all… I hate to wait.

Isaiah 30:18 tells us, “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!” We can be blessed if we are willing to wait, but I have to admit that quite frequently I would rather see things resolved immediately than to have to wait for a blessing that may not happen when I think it should. When I question God about the “hold-ups” that occur in my life, I feel like Jesus is answering me directly (instead of His disciples) in Matthew 17:20a when He replies, “Because you have so little faith.”

When I examine my faith, I have to know that true faith is “…being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1) If I can see something, I know I can depend on it and place my faith in it. When it comes to an unseen God, sometimes (more than I would like to admit) I am very reluctant with my faith. Often it takes Him showing me that “We live by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) Other times it takes Him giving me what I want like a spoiled brat so that I can truly see that I do not know what is best for me after all.

Every time I hear James 1:4 “Perseverance must finish its work so that you can be mature and complete, not lacking anything,” I am reminded of the road trips and vacations that I took with my family as a child. Between me and my two younger brothers, one of us would frequently be asking, “Are we there yet?” I often find myself asking God the same thing. “Am I there yet? Am I complete? Have I matured? Have I persevered enough?”

Just like the family road trips, the destination gives us something to look forward to upon our arrival. “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31) Renewed strength, the ability to run and not get weary, and the ability to walk and not faint are far better than a week at the beach, the mountains, or even Grandma’s house! (Sorry Grandma!) I challenge you (as well as myself) to continue to ask Him “Am I there yet?” and if the answer is “No” then how are you preparing yourself for the time Christ brings you there?

Photo Credit: By Josep Ma. Rosell

  1. July 20, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Excellent post. I included a link to it in “Related Articles” at the bottom of one of my forthcoming journal entries. Thanks. The Lord bless you as you “wait patiently for Him.”

  2. July 20, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    David, thank you for the comment and for the link!

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