Waiting.....one of my LEAST favorite things to do - how about you? Waiting has many aspects of its definition. See below:
1) To remain inactive in anticipation
2) To delay, postpone
3) To serve as a waiter or waitress
4) To attend, as a clerk or servant
5) The act of waiting or the time spent waiting
6) To watch
7) To remain until something expected happens
8) To be ready
9) To await
11) To bide one's time
12) To wait in hopeful expectation
Which of those definitions do you like? Which one fits your situation in life right now? If you are anything like me, it is very difficult to wait. Patience may be a virtue, but it is not one of my strongest suits.
Waiting can mean waiting for a child to be born, waiting for the doctor to come in while you are at the doctor's office, waiting for school to be done this year, waiting to turn 21 years old, waiting for a new relationship to come into your life or waiting for a current relationship to move forward, or waiting for a new career to reveal itself to you. Whatever it is that you are waiting for, it is sometimes very hard to wait.
It may mean waiting a day, a week, a month, a year, 3 months, 6 months, 3 years or as in the Biblical days 40 days or 40 years!!! That is a LONG time to wait in the desert....
I encourage you that if you are in the desert right now, look up all the scriptures in your concordance on "wait, waiting, or waits." It is quite a lesson and revealed a lot to me about my own perceived inability to wait. Try it - it is very enlightening!!!
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Isaiah 40:30-31 which says:
"Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall, but those who wait upon The Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up on wings like eagles; they shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not be faint."
And, a new verse I just learned recently is:
Habakkuk 2:3 which says:
"Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay..."
Wow! I have so much to learn.....
Now, to encourage anyone in the desert right now, as I am on many levels, take heart! The Lord has a great plan for your life...believe it and wait upon The Lord to reveal it to you. It will be worth the wait!!!