“But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] Will gain new strength and renew their power; They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun]; They will run and not become weary, They will walk and not grow tired.” Isaiah 40:31 AMP
I’m not a good “waiter.” Not as in one who serves food (though I do that a lot), but as one who waits. Patience is a lacking place for me in most areas of life. When I’m told to wait for the next business day to expect a resolution to a problem, I am not happy. I know that seems unreasonable, and likely it is, but I am “patience-challenged,” as I like to call it.
Right now, as a family, we are in a waiting pattern for something God is working on behind the scenes. Normally, this would have me all up in arms and my husband calmly quieting me. However, one thing that I’ve learned from growing closer daily to God is that when He asks us to wait, it is for a reason. Sometimes we know the reason. Sometimes the reason is a mystery. In each of these waiting seasons that I’ve found myself in, though, they’ve all ended well. A lot of times they’ve ended down-right spectacularly!
Knowing the character of God allows me to look at these times of waiting for Him as exciting! People who know me, you may now pick your jaw up off the ground. I know that logically it makes no sense. But I know who God is and what He does and how much He loves me and my family. I know because I make it a goal to get to know Him more and more daily. When God says wait, it’s gonna be awesome. It’s not going to end like waiting at the DMV when you walk away with a horrible mug-shot of your driver’s license and an astronomical bill to go with it. It’s going to be an ending that works for your good and points back to Him to bring Him glory, because you are called according to Him purpose (Romans 8:28, paraphrase). That is good stuff! That’s more like waiting for a cake to cool than for a driver’s license photo!
In those times of waiting, we are promised to have new strength. We will not grow weary. We will not faint (Isaiah 40:31, paraphrase). We will get through it. We will thrive through it with new strength, with renewed power, when we expect and hope for Him. Get excited! Look to Him and see Him for who He is… even when (especially?) He asks you to wait.