The Waiting Place

They that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;  they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

Spring has finally sprung! The weather has been spectacular this week! The kids can almost taste summer! And so can the teachers and parents for that matter. However, we have about seven more weeks to wait. I am not always a fan of waiting. I don’t know anyone who really is. We live in a microwave society where we want everything done in minutes not hours, days not weeks, and we certainly don’t want to have to wait for years. Having patience and waiting on things is a required part of life. How we handle the waiting place says a lot about our character. Waiting on the Lord to bring something to pass in our lives is possibly one of the hardest “waits”. We don’t usually understand why the Lord won’t go ahead and give us that promotion we deserve, the raise that would allow us to sow more into His Kingdom, the house we have been dreaming of, the healing that we need, or why He doesn’t elevate our gift to a place of prominence among our peers. Maybe we need to change the way we look at the waiting period. One of my favorite children’s books is Dr. Suess’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go! It talks about a waiting place.  

“Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for the wind to fly a kite
Or waiting around for Friday night
Or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
Or a pot to boil, or a better break
Or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
Or a wig with curls or another chance
Everyone is just waiting……”

Christine Caine says, “The place of waiting is not the place of passivity but the place of pursuit.”  It matters what we do in the waiting place. Continuing to grow and pursue relationships with family, friends, and the Lord is an important part of waiting. Otherwise, we just begin to rot in the spot where we wait. So stretch out your faith to believe God to do what only He can do in your life. Then pursue Him while you patiently wait for Him to get you where He wants you. His ways are higher than ours. His thoughts are higher than ours. (Isaiah 55:9)  Be patient enough to wait on His plan for your life. Don’t rush into your own. Below is one of my favorite devotionals ever written. “Hang in” until the Lord hits His mark for your life.  It will be worth the wait.

WAITING ON THE LORD -Oswald Chambers

ONE OF THE GREATEST STRAINS IN LIFE IS THE STRAIN OF WAITING FOR GOD:  “BECAUSE YOU DID KEEP THE WORD OF MY PATIENCE”— GOD TAKES THE BELIEVERS LIKE A BOW, WHICH HE STRETCHES, AND AT A CERTAIN POINT THE BELIEVER SAYS, “I CANNOT STAND ANY MORE”—BUT GOD DOES NOT TAKE HEED; HE GOES ON STRETCHING BECAUSE HE IS AIMING AT HIS MARK AND NOT OURS—AND THE PATIENCE OF THE BELIEVER IS THAT THEY “HANG IN” UNTIL GOD LETS THE ARROW FLY.

IF YOUR HOPES ARE BEING DISAPPOINTED JUST NOW, IT MEANS THEY ARE BEING PURIFIED.  THERE IS NOTHING NOBLE WITHIN THE WILL OF GOD THAT THE HUMAN MIND HAS EVER HOPED FOR OR DREAMED OF THAT WILL NOT BE FULFILLED.  DON’T JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS TOO QUICKLY; ONE OR TWO THINGS LIE UNSOLVED AND THE BIGGEST TEST OF ALL IS THAT GOD APPEARS AS THOUGH HE WERE TOTALLY INDIFFERENT.

Becky Ross
Primary Principal
Logos Preparatory Academy

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