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
There is something about waiting. We all have at some point had the experience on waiting. I recently heard that patience is the process of learning to wait on God’s timing.
Our spirits must learn the act of waiting while living throughout our lifetime. The experience of learning to have patience is understanding what it means to cling to a past that is known, rather than to trust in a new future.
Waiting is learning how to let go of that past. Your own past has many pitfalls that can lead us to live with hate, jealousy, remorse, and the need to retaliate. All of these continue to anchor you to your own past, and prevents a positive outcome to occur. So often I am reminded that even when we let go of our clinched fists, there is another fist waiting to happen, unless we learn to surrender.
We all have learned that it is important to love yourself in order to love others. Additionally, we must learn to forgive ourselves as well.
Learning that waiting means opening our hands to the possibilities of a better tomorrow. It’s as if an invitation to experience a new freedom, and praying becomes a joy, a spontaneous reaction to the world and the people around will make waiting a completely different experience.
Learning patience is the way to both the heart of God and the heart of the world, precisely because they have been joined together through Christ. Learning to wait is letting one’s own heart become the place where the presence of God and the presence of God’s children can find a common place and become moments filled with hope.
Stay in God’s grip!
G. Todd Williams © 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.