Author: Sallie Ross

But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his counsel. Psalm 106:13

The dictionary gives us a definition of wait as :”to remain in expectation”. I read that and think of Olympic swimmers posed, leaning forward, waiting for the gun to send them into the water and on their way. Every time I watch those races I know that I would be in the water a million times before the gun went off!

In our culture, “wait” is a four letter word. We stand poised for momentum, which allows us little time to reflect and listen. And in our posture of momentum there is the assumption that all must be done now. Our timing is “here and now”! God’s is not.

Another important piece of being groomed to be able to wait is to receive more of an eternal perspective. We must realize that what happens now is affected by what has happened before, and that now will impact the future. So to think that everything is here and now is really to separate this time from all eternity.

Isaiah 30: 18 tells us: “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him.” It seems so odd that we would be insistent on doing our own life-designing when waiting will afford us the graciousness, the compassion, the blessing of God.

Again we also need to remember our need to tell the stories, and to listen to others tell the stories of how our God has walked through and worked in this world. What that remembering does is to quiet some of the urgency that gnaws at our heart, making it easier to wait when we know the heart and nature of the One for whom we are waiting.

–Father God, forgive me my impetuous heart; forgive me my inclination to step into the momentum and go, irregardless of what I might be hearing from You. Give me your grace to remember You–the inclination of your heart and the goodness of your grace. That I might be willing to wait, no matter the temptations, knowing that in You I have everything I need. And even when I wait for You, I am waiting with You.