I tried an exercise recently that involved writing every day on a random subject for 12 minutes. I called it my Daily Dozen. I asked my Facebook friends to give me a one-word prompt that I would use, in the order I received them. I was overwhelmed with 88 responses.
So I spent nearly 3 months writing every day. I loved the process as it really stretched me to talk about words as diverse as “abide” and “zombies,” from “chihuahuas” to “cats.” It was amazing to me how often the word for the day aligned with the calendar. As my 3 months of daily posts came to an end at the beginning of January, it was very appropriate that the word would be “waiting.”
We had been waiting for our first grandchild to be born. And wouldn’t you know it, he was a week late.
We don’t like waiting for things.
Waiting to hear news of whether our kid got into the college of their choice.
Waiting for tests results from a biopsy.
Waiting for a job.
Waiting for God to provide a spouse.
Waiting can cause unease and anxiety. Especially when we’re not sure what the outcome will be. Our minds usually go to the worst-case scenario. It’s easy for us to jump to conclusions and then let worry take over.
But worry gets us nowhere.
“They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they will walk and not faint” (Is. 40:31).
“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” (Ps. 27:14).
It seems that if the Bible encourages us to wait, then maybe it’s not such a bad thing. We’re not used to delayed gratification. We have microwaves and Instapots and Amazon Now. We want things when we want them.
But God doesn’t work that way.
Micah 7:7 says, “But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.”
I haven’t come across any Scripture that encourages us to be impatient. In fact, the fruit of the Spirit includes patience.
Amazing, isn’t it?
There must be something to that. God would not promote it if He didn’t consider it a good thing.
Romans 8:25 says, “But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”
If we are focused on the Lord, then we have hope rather than fear when we are waiting for something, because we see that the Lord is good. We see that all His ways are good. We see that He does not let us down.
When I was anxious after a late-term ultrasound showed a dilation in our grandson’s bowels, I was not focusing on who the Lord is. I wanted the baby to come quickly so that we could find out what this dilation was. But that wasn’t trusting, that was fearing.
If God is good, and He is, then our waiting will never be in vain.