Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. – Psalm 27:14
Yesterday was a perfect early spring day. I opened my mudroom door to the sunshine and spring breezes while I scrubbed the little room from top to bottom.
Afterward, I took a tour of our flower beds. The reddish-green heads of early tulips, hostas, and daffodils have pushed their way through the soil, and the perennials are not far behind. All this spring growth makes me want to pull on my Muck boots, grab a rake and wheelbarrow, and start clearing out all the dead stuff.
But that would be rushing things. The mulch, leaves, and old growth that cover my perennials also serve to protect any tender new growth from frost.
I’ve learned from experience that removing that protective layer too soon can lead to unsightly, frost-burned leaf tips for the rest of the season.
So, for now, I wait.
During any season of life in which we are impatient to move forward and see a situation resolved, simply waiting for an answer from the Lord is difficult.
The definition of the Hebrew word for wait in the Old Testament answers this question well. It involves the idea of “twisting, stretching, and then the tension of enduring” (biblehub.com).
Lord, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee. – Psalm 88:9b
Waiting for God to answer a fervent prayer will certainly cause us to twist, stretch, and endure.
About twenty years ago, while I was waiting for God to bring my husband into my life, I certainly did all three.
First, I did a lot of twisting, squirming, and resisting.
Then, I relinquished my will enough to allow God to stretch me, making me tougher and more flexible.
Finally, I gave the issue over to God completely, and I tried to patiently endure.
Only then did God answer my prayer for the best possible spouse for me. I can’t imagine all that I would have missed if I hadn’t submitted to the process of waiting upon the Lord.
Do you find it difficult to wait? How has God helped you to learn to be patient through the years? I welcome your comments as always.