As I prayed this morning while the sun was coming up, one thought kept invading my thoughts and prayers… all the friends I have that are waiting. It breaks my heart for them because I don’t wait well.
I’ve never prayed for patience.
I don’t want it.
I don’t like it.
Because patience only comes from trials and testing and it’s something that has to develop.
Who wants that?
I have a friend who is waiting on her husband to decide to come home and be the husband and dad that he started out being but has strayed.
Someone else is waiting on a new job or direction from God in life after suddenly losing a job this week.
A very sweet sister is waiting to see if she will ever walk normally without a limp from a horrific accident.
One is waiting for her life to feel somewhat normal after one circumstance after another has seemingly overtaken her and she feels all alone.
I have a friend who is waiting on her daddy to get better so she can breathe a sigh of relief that he might live another day.
What about my friend who is waiting on good news that their daddy’s cancer has either gone away or at least gotten under control enough to come home and live.
Aren’t we all waiting?
What does God say about waiting?
The word ‘wait’ occurs 106 times in 101 verses in the Bible. Hmmm. Guess we are not the only ones who had to wait. Or were told to wait. But how do we wait?
Psalm 27:14 says we should be of good courage and wait and He will strengthen us.
And later it says that evildoers shall be cut off but those who wait on the Lord shall inherit the earth.
In Psalm 69:3 he says ‘I’m weary of crying, my throat is dried; my eyes fail while I wait for my God’.
Whew… have you ever been weary of crying? I have.
I don’t have any great advice or insight. Just to say this…
just love people.
We are all in some sort of waiting room. Some waits are longer than others. Sometimes we’re waiting on something God will never give us for our own good.
But I know this… we are called to love. Everyone has something going on they will not share. But if you run over and get someone’s buggy for them at Kroger, or just smile at someone, or just (if you know the person well enough) give them that hug that someone else wouldn’t.
That’s it… whatever you are waiting for… whether it’s for your spouse to love you more or for them to ‘complete’ you… that’s God’s job, not theirs.
Some days I’m waiting to feel like I’m ENOUGH. If you focus on others and what God wants you to do for others, sometimes the waiting will not feel as long.