Rolled out of the room, I give him up to skilled hands that I have prayed into God’s care, and I leave to wait. I do not have what he needs in this moment, but trust that others do. More importantly, I trust the One who nurtures talent and passion and intellect in others who do have what he needs.
The LORD favors those who fear Him, Those who wait for His lovingkindness. Psalm 147:11
Over time, how many have waited,
My travels with the early church find a fellow waiter-Saul of Tarsus. Passionate, zealous, lover of God– he was a man who in acted on his belief and believed in protecting God’s holy plan. When his faith is challenged to make an abrupt turn, he is suddenly struck blind. For three days he waits. There is nothing to indicate he didn’t know whether it would be for 5 days, 50 years, or forever. He just waited. And while he waited, he denied himself nourishment. Whether out of grief, shock or, more likely, a deliberate plan to focus and prepare himself to be ready to absorb what God would show him next, we can only infer. After all that waiting, that not knowing, he receives new orders: He is a chosen instrument of Jehovah, to bear His name before the very people he persecuted as well as kings and fellow zealots!
So what was the waiting for? Without it, would his heart have been properly prepared for the rest of his life and the mission with which he was entrusted? Without it, would he have paused in his life path of which he was so sure, to listen to divine redirection?
Who else has waited? Scripture abounds with the histories, the agonizing stretches of time, riddled with hope, fear, uncertainty, faith:
Abraham and Sarah, for precious child and heritage; Noah, for the worst kind of project termination which was also validation that his engagement in crazy-never-done-before labor had purpose, and then the waiting again until God said the earth was ready for him; for Mary, over months to prepare body, family and heart for raising God’s son; another Mary and sister Martha, for restoration of life to their beloved brother;
In all this waiting, God, the very Creator of time, is not restricted to its boundaries, but moves and speaks within our waiting with direction, comfort, and purpose.
Then Elihu continued and said, “Wait for me a little, and I will show you That there is yet more to be said in God’s behalf. “I will fetch my knowledge from afar, And I will ascribe righteousness to my Maker. “For truly my words are not false; One who is perfect in knowledge is with you. Job 36:1-4
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. Psalm 27:14
Sometimes even eagles wait.
Waiting, the common thread of those knitted to God–the place where He works, building trust and wisdom and strength.
Wait–the Hebrew word is kavah, meaning expect, hope for, to look, to linger for.
Do I wait? Do I stop the hurtling, head down focus of action long enough to pause, linger in prayer, and listen for what may be said,
for what is shouting out God’s glory in the daily minutes and life events? At times the waiting is imposed by circumstances beyond my control. It is good to wait, sometimes. To pause.
And even if the pause waxes long,
it is good to wait in the company of the One who holds the waiting in His hand.
A study on waiting,
awaits us all.
In it lies treasure and comfort.
May we become better at waiting, and encouraging each other to wait, and listen,
lingering long to look for blessings within.