I'm Waiting, I'm Waiting...

9:46 AMHeather

Waiting.  For such a passive activity, it requires so much of us.  And, I think in our culture--we tend to think this requires TOO much of us.  Our family loves Tim Hawkins, and totally laugh at his jokes about the Taco Bell Express he saw--because regular Taco Bells take too long?!  Truly, we live in this fast food, fast internet, instant gratification society. There's an app for everything to make everything easier...even for waiting!  How useful we found the Disney app to help us plan our trips to the parks this summer so we knew how long the waits were.  So we could avoid the long wait.  Because WHO wants to wait--for ANYTHING?

Yet, most of us are in a position of waiting right now.  Most of us are waiting for something--for those who believe, we are waiting for answers and movement by the Lord in our lives.  We have dear friends waiting on a career move.  Not just any career move, but a new job halfway around the world that will dramatically alter their entire family's lives.  They are waiting with no clear answers on how long this wait might be.  Or, how about someone I love dearly who has been waiting on the Lord to bless her with a baby--for years now?  She has endured this wait with patience and faith, sometimes anxious and in process with fertility treatments.  Other times, resting on what the next step might be.  Several friends right now are enduring very difficult seasons with their children, and they are waiting for their storms to pass.  Personally, I am waiting on the Lord to show me the next season for me--besides mothering and being a wife--where, how and when does He want to move on these dreams and ideas I have?  I have a taste of how He might want to use me, but no open doors.  And, for now, I feel Him gently tell me to embrace the mundane and wait--I feel Him encourage me that no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind can conceive what He has for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9).

As I was reading my Bible last week, I was awestruck by a fresh mind-numbing revelation that I had NEVER read in this exact Scripture that I had claimed and marked and stood upon during many seasons of my life.  My Bible is marked up next to this verse.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I put my hope.  
My soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
Psalm 130:5-6
Yeah, yeah, yeah.  Christianese is full of platitudes about waiting on the Lord.  This is one of those concepts that feels BLAH, BLAH, BLAH when you are having to wait.  But, I saw something last week that changed all that.

Here's what I wrote in an e-mail to our friends waiting on that job in a foreign country:  

"This Psalm doesn’t tell us we are to wait for an answer or for direction or for guidance even.  It says we are to wait FOR THE LORD.

I felt convicted this morning that so often I am waiting for the answer.  I am putting the cart before the horse.  If I put the Lord in the cross hairs of my scope—make HIM my focus—and wait for HIM, then I am putting things in focus.  Then, I am saying, YOU FIRST, Lord—then the answers will come.  Just give me YOU.  I can wait in expectation for HIM to show up—He always will.  The answers are the afterthought that will come later—behind Him." 

INTENTIONAL challenge:  Wow-ee, wow, wow.  I just love that after decades of walking with Him, His living and breathing Word brings fresh revelation.  Need some affirmation as you wait on Him? That 1 Corinthians 2:9 verse is where Paul was quoting from a verse in Isaiah--and dwell on the difference between the two:

Since ancient times no one has heard,  
no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any 
God besides you, who acts on behalf of those 
who wait for him. 
Isaiah 64:4 

Do you see the promise to stand on here?  If we can seek to wait for HIM--not the answers to our questions--but HIM, then we can be assured that while we are passive, He is active.  HE ACTS ON BEHALF OF THOSE WHO WAIT FOR HIM!  You might feel that no progress is being made, nothing is changing, you're waiting and waiting and waiting.  But, let's focus our seeking in our waiting to Him--let's wait for the Lord as eagerly as a night watchmen waits for the dawn.  Oh, bloggy friend--you can be assured that He is acting on your behalf.  He is moving and shaking and doing and answering and recreating and planning and plotting.  He's got it all under control.   I promise you this--if we can wake up each day and wait for Him--seek Him, yearn for Him--He will show up in ways beyond our comprehension.  

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