(This post was written for the Broomfield United Methodist Blog and originally posted on Friday, Sept 9th)
I hate waiting! I am NOT good at it. I’m good at some things. I can tie my shoes like nobody’s business. I’ve had that down for a while. And after years of practice, I’ve finally nailed my husband’s family recipe for authentic Italian gravy and meatballs. But please don’t ask me to wait. I’m so bad at waiting.
The light turns green and the car in front of me is obviously texting and not interested in driving. I can’t even deal. Yes, I will honk my horn at you! Green light, Go! Why aren’t we driving? When I’m shopping I always use self-check-out. I quit waiting in line at the store years ago. Is waiting something I’m working on? Honestly, no. Not most of the time. Not even half of the time. But is it something I recognize I’m not good at and can’t improve on my own? That would be a yes.
A truth that keeps presenting itself to me is this: sometimes we have to wait. And most the time waiting brings strength, courage, humility, and a deeper and more mature love for others. When we struggle with real life issues, things that are more important than whether we make a light or not, we have to wait. And it’s hard.
In the world I live in I just haven’t had to wait for much. So when things don’t happen right away I struggle. I tend to quit before I’ll wait for something. Quit the line, quit the diet, or quit the new goal. There are, however, things I don’t want to quit. There are things that are totally worth waiting for even when it’s painful. Sometimes what we want takes time. Sometimes what we need takes time. And not sometimes, but always, healing takes time.
Here’s a promise: we don’t have to wait alone. Whatever it is we are waiting on may make us feel alone, depleted of strength, and stripped of any hope. When we feel that way maybe we think it would be easier to quit this line and hop into self-check-out mode. What we need is renewed strength and hope. So the word of God offers us this in Isaiah 40:31.
but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
The New International Version says it this way:
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Whatever it is you are waiting for today, I pray that you will place your hope in the Lord, place your trust and your heart with Him. Do not wait for a miracle, do not wait for someone to change, do not wait for things to be perfect. Wait on the Lord.
And He will renew your strength.