Waiting Well

I read these verses earlier this week ...

I wait for the the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His Word I put my hope (Psalm 130:5).

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is his faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him (Lamentations 3:22-24).

We wait for all kinds of things: from the insignificant things that annoy us to the meaningful things that define us. We wait for God to provide what we want and what we think we need. For God to remove the experiences that challenge our faith. For God to deliver us from the people or circumstances that threaten us. For God to hurry the painfully slow work of changing us and others around us. For God to do something meaningful through our lives.

Waiting is a necessary part of our spiritual journey. Maybe one of the more important skills in our walk with God. Waiting is something we all must do. The challenge is whether we learn to wait well. 

The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him. These words always challenge me. Is the Lord really all I need? Is his presence with me really enough? I don't always like my answers to such questions. Thankfully these words also steady me. While I still hope for the things I desire or dream about my waiting doesn't have to be marked by frustration or anxiety. My waiting can have a calm and quiet peacefulness about it. I learn to wait well.

That's why prayer is such a daring thing for us. I want life on my terms and timetable, not on God's. Prayer doesn't get me what I want but what God wants, often something quite different from what I believe to be in my best interests. Prayer asks me to surrender my desires, dreams and timetables to God's desires, dreams and timetable. And prayer asks me to trust that God's wisdom and love for me will be discovered and displayed best through my waiting.

Waiting well is no easy thing because we venture out of our cozy, sometimes small-minded desires into the larger-souled obedience where we live by faith. 

So ... how well do you wait?