Waiting For God

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Psalm 130:5 – I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. (NIV)

The other day, I took a shortcut through a local subdivision in order to by-pass many traffic lights. Unfortunately, the sidewalk was being repaired, and I had to wait in a long line of cars that had been temporarily stopped by a worker with a red flag. So much for my shortcut!

Most of our days seem to be spent waiting: waiting in line at the checkout, waiting to be seated in a restaurant, waiting in a doctor's office, waiting for results, waiting for a letter, waiting for a connection, waiting for the traffic light to change. Every time we wait, it slows us down, and we get impatient with other people and ourselves. We want everything to happen quickly, instantly, and to be speedily over.

Yet, every day God gives us moments to wait for Him: quiet times, lonely times, holy times. Sometimes we are in too much of a hurry to appreciate those precious minutes, and, like the people that Jesus knew, we want everything now.

If we were meant to be in a hurry all of the time, God would have given us four legs instead of two. He wants us to walk with Him, and to wait for Him. He wants us to talk with Him, and tarry with Him. Hurrying leads to worrying. Waiting leads to relating.

Wherever we are waiting today, let us receive it as a holy moment to be with God.

Prayer: Lord, teach us to tarry and rest awhile in Your peace. Help us to turn those moments of waiting into precious times of relating with You. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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