I will wait. Waiting is such a hard thing to do. At least, it is for me. I absolutely hate waiting, and I don’t have the virtue of patience the comes along with it either. Have you ever had to wait? If you have (and I’m sure you have at some point), then you know how agitating it can be sometimes. Especially if it’s something that you are so excited about that you just can’t wait for it to get here. A wedding, a graduation, a promotion, a vacation, or anything else that produces a whole flux of excitement! Here lately around our house, it has been a flux of excitement planning my sister’s wedding (Yay!), but with that comes stress and us being impatient for the day to come. Patience is something The Lord has been trying to teach me for years, and somehow I still haven’t learned it. It’s definitely a process (and a long one at that).
In my quiet time, it was all but perfect that the devotion for today was dealing with Isaiah 40: 18-31. In verse 31 specifically, it says this:
“But those who trust 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 faint“
Trusting in God gives us renewed strength. I often find myself trying to control everything. I try to get so many things on my “to-do list” done that I don’t ever squeeze in any time for Jesus. I’m one of those people who rushes to get all my tasks done in the same day to minimize my chances of forgetting something, but in reality, I end up forgetting more than I would have by allotting more time and spacing things out a bit. I’m going to write out verbatim what my devotional said this morning. The devotional is “The one year devotions for women” by Jill Briscoe. If you want a good one year devo, this is a GREAT one! Anyways, here’s what she wrote:
When I begin to “wait” on the Lord, the difference will be felt deep
down within me. He will do “a new thing” inside, while the old
things outside remain the same. There will be a difference! But I shall
need to learn the discipline of dropping things from my busy schedule.
I will not get all accomplished in a day. Some important tasks will not
get done, because the all-important must.
But I will meet with you, my God! You and I shall talk together. Then
you will tell me not to dwell upon the past—to forget the former things.
You will make a way om the desert and pour streams into the wasteland.
You will give my thirsty soul a drink! As I learn to listen to the heartbeat
of your soul, you will help me to rejoice. We will talk about our children,
and I shall draw courage from your promises to Israel. I will hear you say,
“I will pour out my Spirit and my blessings on your children” (Isaiah 44:3).
Yes, there will be a difference when I wait—not a change of
circumstance without, but certainly a change of attitude within. Dropping
the lesser to pick up the greater must become a daily habit, a question of
necessity, not choice. A life like the one awaiting us in heaven. If I will but
wait upon the Lord, then other things will have to wait. My schedule will
not be my master, but my slave. Time is for choosing to take time—to
make time—for eternal things.
Wowza! This really slapped me between the eyes! We have to choose to spend time with Jesus. We have to make time for Him and not allow our schedule (Or let The Devil use our schedules) to take our time or focus away from what’s important. Waiting to do things may be hard, but when we choose to wait on The Lord, greater things will happen. Greater things have yet to come. Greater things are still to be done. God has great plans for each and every one of us. We can’t expect him to paint his plans in the sky for us, we have to talk to Him and find out what He wants just like we talk to our bosses, our friends, our parent’s, our coworkers, and everyone else to determine their wants. The only way we can communicate with Him to determine His plans is through Scripture & prayer. We have to wait for an answer. It’s hard and will take work, but will be worth it.
I hope this encouraged you in some way today! Let me know any questions you may have, or if you just want to share how God is teaching you to wait in your life right now, I’d love to talk to you! Feel free to email me, or comment anytime!