“Wait on the Lord. Be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord!” -Psalm 27:14
That word. That oh so dreaded word. WAIT. Why do we hate it so much? Well, I take that back. That was a stupid question. It is our human nature to want immediate satisfaction. It is a discipline to wait, so of course we struggle with mastering the art of patience.
Think about our lifestyle in today’s world. We want to go and have a delicious dinner at a restaurant. We walk into the restaurant, smell the immediate aromas, get seated, and are served drinks and food of our choice. If we have to wait a measly 10 extra minutes on a busy night we get flustered. We’re aggravated. We’re hangry. Why? Because we hate to wait.
Think back to when you were a kid. You made your Christmas list months before Christmas day and knew on the morning of December 25th you would get to open gifts upon gifts. Christmas morning wasn’t going to be canceled or rescheduled. It was guaranteed to happen on that day. Why then, was it so hard to wait to see what we would receive? We searched the house, shook the wrapped boxes, and plotted a way to open and re-wrap our gifts in hopes of getting a sneak peak. Why did we go through so much trouble to rush the surprise? Because we hate to wait.
Fast forward 15 or so years, and you will see just how much harder waiting becomes as you get older. We want everything now. Well, at least I do. I want to know what my future holds. When will my passion finally turn into the business I know it can be? When will I find “the one” and get married. When will I have enough saved up to do this or that? When when when? God usually stops these thoughts in their tracks and says to me, “Wait.” Wait on Me. At that moment, I sit back, take a deep breath, and try to remember all the times that waiting was worth it. And you know what? It was always worth it. Even though in the moment, impatience masked how valuable those times were.
I’ve come to realize how precious the waiting is. Many times the anticipation of what’s to come is just as satisfying as the event itself. Life gets rushed, and we often attempt to jump from point A to point B without noticing the journey we are on. I am beginning to think that enjoying the waiting period makes what we are waiting for even sweeter.
Have you ever thought what it actually means to wait? The dictionary says it is to remain in a state in which you expect or hope that something will happen soon. Another definition is to stay in a place until it is your turn to do something. Hmm, I like those. Expecting something great to happen and waiting your turn.
My words of advice for you today are words I repeat to myself each morning…
“Wait on the Lord. Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord!”
Cheers to the waiting game,