"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
~ Isaiah 40:31
I don't know how many of us ever truly learn to wait. Growing up, I learned that in the church there were three correct answers, "Yes", "No", and "Jesus."
Little did I realize there was a fourth, "Wait."
Our ability to wait on the Lord has been changed to reflect the world's desire for things to happen now. We have become a society where instant gratification has changed us from working to fulfill a goal, to basking in the prize immediately.
I can remember my grandparents working to save for something they wanted. They didn't just go out and purchase the item.
It makes me wonder what they would truly think of Black Friday, or Cyber Monday that we get a lot of pressure from advertisers to participate in?
One thing is for sure, they would have only purchased something after the research was done, at least one family discussion would have taken place, and only when there was the money saved, would the item been purchased.
Waiting on the Lord is something that requires discipline. It's allowing time for God to respond.
What if God doesn't seem to answer?
The fact of the matter is, so many of us haven't waited... EVER! We probably wouldn't recognize the voice of God if God were sitting right on front of us! (I know that is not necessarily the case, but the world is full of sounds these days. The voice of God and God's presence is hard to hear and see.)
It's okay! God always has a way of making God's own self be known!
Waiting, listening, praying, and knowing are all things to consider each day. Each day we are all given opportunities to do just that.
Today I shall wait on the Lord... allowing God to renew my strength... so that I may rise up... and seek to spread my wings like a bird about to take flight, demonstrating confidence in the things I set out to do... and because I have waited, prayed, and I am confident in what it is that God desires for me in my life, I shall be able to go about my day, and not be tired, because the Lord is with me every step of the way... even when I seem to be running!
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.