“I waited patiently for the Lord” I wonder if, like me, that evinces in you a deep sigh, and maybe a little gritting of the teeth and clenching of the jaw?
The other day I heard a little bit of teaching that allowed my shoulders to lower a bit and relax, as I wait for certain promises that seem a long time coming. It was that He wants us to wait patiently…. but impatiently – a sort of impassioned patience. And that the opposite of patience is not impatience…. it is in fact UNBELIEF!
We are to actively wait in increasing trust, fully confident that God is working out all those disastrous circumstances to our complete good; weaving all those impossible straggly ends into a coherent whole; to be assured of His timing coming through perfectly at all times for us and the others involved.
We are not to wait slumped in front of the fire, but alert, ready to drop everything and go, like a sprinter on the starting blocks; or in our stationary car, but with the engine warmed up and ticking over, ready to move off speedily. We’re to be like the five wise virgins of Matthew 25, who were prepared for a long wait and for every eventuality, and were instantly ready when the cry came “The Bridegroom is coming”, although he was far far later than expected. The Scout Motto is: BE PREPARED which means you are always in a state of readiness in mind and body to do your duty, your best. And that’s the sort of readiness we’re to be in as we wait patiently on Him.
Does that change how you feel about waiting?