“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the end of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” Isaiah 28-31
I’ve come to the conclusion that waiting is anything but passive.
In fact, it can be downright exhausting and feel… well dreadful.
No one signs up for waiting. (With the exception of pregnancy and engagement) 🙂
Most often, waiting is something we feel “forced” to do.
-the light to turn green
-a boss to make a decision
-a child to fall asleep
-the winter turning to spring
-the call from the doctor
-someone to say they are sorry
-the pain to subside
And the waiting can be frustrating, fearful and filled with doubt.
However, in the last few years I’ve learned something powerful that has changed my perspective about waiting.
My husband often says, “God wastes nothing.” And I believe him, especially when it comes to time.
Because those of us who are looking for God..
and by that I mean,
We believe He is in every detail of our day and therefore, there is nothing without purpose…
Our eyes and ears are open. (A gift of grace)
Open to what God is…
Saying and feeling and doing.
It’s in this place our waiting moves us beyond ourselves and we realize each day we are given is an opportunity to serve God by loving others.
Can I just be really transparent here?
I’m done waiting on anything except the Lord.
And even in “forced” waits, I’ll find purpose.
Like praying for the mom and baby walking across the street while I’m waiting for the light to change.
I’m done waiting on “that day” when “this” happens.
I’m done waiting on “this” person to do “that” so I can move forward.
I happen to believe God with all my heart.
He’s never given me one reason not to.
It’s in this place…
I’m gaining new strength.
I’m mounting up with wings like an eagle; I’m running and not getting tired. I’m walking and not becoming weary.
Not because I’m super spiritual or special or strong…
Not because I’m forced to wait on this God who has promised me things…
And especially not because I am trying to prove myself… (Now that’s exhausting)
The Gospel frees us to wait.
And I believe the Gospel more than ever.
And on THIS DAY… at this very moment… as a child of God, we are:
Set apart and chosen
Lavished with grace
And we are given ALL we need to love ourselves, love others and love God.
The only thing I’m waiting for is to see God…
In the here and now and the there and after.
Because when I see God, I see all things good and right.
Though I don’t understand all His ways or His timing,
I trust there is a day coming that all wrongs will be made right.
I trust that His mercy triumphs over judgment.
I trust evil will once and for all be removed from the earth when the New Jerusalem comes down. (Revelation 21:1-4)
And I trust that in my voluntary waiting for that day, He is working in me… to cause me to gain strength, to rise up and to love from the place of being loved.
This kind of waiting is energizing, fueled by hope and kissed with joy.
Sign me up!