When we wait…

Posted: 5 February 2011 in Ramblings

…we wait for a variety of reasons: Resources aren’t available, we are not ready, our destination is not ready, some circumstance has interfered with our plan(s), or we are simply just afraid to step out on the path which seems to narrow ahead. When we wait…

Wait for the LORD and keep his way,and he will exalt you to inherit the land;… (Psalm 37:34)

…some of us struggle hard with the wait when it seems to be excessive and out of our control. We believe we are ready for whatever may come. A small child is ready for their parent to ‘let go’ of the bicycle and let them handle it on their own. They become agitated because they are confident that they can make the bike stay upright, go forward and not fall over. It is only once their adult teacher lets go that they find it isn’t nearly as easy as they thought. Perhaps they manage to catch the sudden changes that bikes can offer, perhaps not. Although, we are all aware that eventually we will fall. Sometimes on soft grass, sometimes on solid concrete, yet it is inevitable that we WILL fall.

When we wait… for our Father in Heaven to ‘let go’, we can get equally agitated because we sense that we are ready for the task He has placed before us. We are confident that we are very capable of ‘doing’ the task. Why won’t He just let us ‘get on with it’ ? It might be a relationship or a new job which we have spent incredible time learning and emotional preparing for. When the time comes that Man is telling us “you are done, go out and challenge the dragon”, we find that God has for some reason barred the gate. When we wait…

Wait for the LORD;be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the LORD! (Psalm 27:14)

…we should wait, yet not just ‘sit there’. We should endeavor to continue our learning for the future task. We should seek to serve in the capacity in which we (temporarily?) find ourselves. Forsaking the path which is known to be the clear, although narrow, direction is an unwise thing to consider. An adolescent is given the keys to the car, yet the parent insists on ‘riding along’. “When are they gonna trust me?”, he or she might ask. The answer is never rewarding for the young person until, the parent demonstrates their trust by staying outside the car. Until then, they must remain composed and confident that the adult(s) will eventually find that trust and let them go solo. So it is, when we wait…

…we should remain composed and confident that God is with us. Watching and ready to direct our ways when we struggle with a new hurdle which the world or the evil one might throw at us. Just as the teen will ever cease to experience new driving emergencies, we as believers will never cease to be tempted and challenged. God knows when we are ready for the challenges ahead. He knows when our abilities are tuned to the point of being able to ‘face the dragon’. He knows when we will NOT rely on ourselves, but on HIM when the dragon seems insurmountable. He knows how long we should wait. Thus we wait…

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning. (Psalm 130:5-6)

…we wait as watchmen for the morning. Not only for our future events, our future tasks, but also for the Lord’s return. God the Father waited… until the time was right to send His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world. God the Son waited….until the time was right to succumb to the sacrificial price He came to pay for the sins of all who believe. God the Spirit waited…until He was sent by the Father and the Son to be ever present with those who are baptized. Thus we wait…

…upon the Lord. For when He knows we are ready for the task. Whatever task that might be. And especially, we wait upon the Lord for His return and our eternal life with Him. – Amen

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