Our younger son took eleven college and grad students on a mission trip to Texas recently. One day while half the group went on assignment, the other half waited. ‘While they were waiting they talked about how they felt like they needed to do something, not just wait around. The discussion moved along to where the significance of waiting began to be revealed. At trip’s end when our son asked about mission moments that meant something, it surprised him how many commented about the afternoon they waited and what they learned about waiting…about how God could be found in the waiting.
My husband and I read a devotional (STREAMS IN THE DESERT April 18) shortly after being with our son and hearing about his mission trip ‘waiting’ experience. In the devotional the author said that after people prayed they thought it was their responsibility to ‘do’ something to “bring about an answer”. The author found out, however, that “self-effort always hinders His (God’s) work….When I prayed and had confident trust in Him for something, He simply wanted me to wait in an attitude of praise and do only what He told me…for our interference hinders His work.” (“He will do this.” Psalm 37:5)
John Waller sings about waiting in the song “While I’m Waiting”. He says how hopeful and yet painful waiting can be. He insists upon his own obedience and patience while he is waiting and he says that while he is waiting he will serve, worship, not faint and continue to run the faith race.
I am ‘waiting’ for our move to a house we bought. I am waiting for our retirement to begin. I am in-between two worlds of my life right now. But I know that it is definitely an important issue as to how I am waiting.
Phyllis, you “rest in the Lord; wait patiently for Him to act…” (Psalm 37:7a) and Phyllis “don’t be impatient. Wait for the Lord, and He will come and save me! Be brave, stouthearted and courageous. Yes, wait and He will help you.” (Psalm 27:14)
It has been a wonderful nine and a half year run of writing devotionals for our church’s website. Now, I wait. Serve. Worship.
God bless you all.
His Servant Girl,