My life’s verse was given to me when I was 19 and in the hospital.
but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
The “wait” is active.
It’s hoping so intensely that action explodes from the hope. It’s looking for the renewal. It’s flexing muscles and feeling the new strength. It’s dreaming of soaring with the eagles. It’s buying running shoes. It’s getting a Fitbit in anticipation of the walk.
It’s all consuming. It’s the name of this blog.
It’s waiting on the Lord.
It’s a promise.
It’s worthy of renewing, mounting up, running, and walking.
I’ve been a Christian for more than 50 years, and I’ve learned to be content in the waiting, trusting that God is in control. And in the waiting, there is much for me to do. After God told Keith, my husband, and me that He was going to heal me of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, we waited two years. Those two years were filled with prayers thanking the Lord for His healing, consuming the Scriptures and books on healing, and walking with God. The wait was intense, filled with gratitude, and anticipation of what it would feel like to be well.
The word “wait” appears 106 times in the Bible. God must value waiting.
Abraham waited 25 years for the promise of Isaac. The Israelites waited for centuries for the Messiah, and God brought Jesus to them at just the right time.
Jesus came into the world as a poor child. He waited to accomplish the work that He came to do. He grew as a child in truth and grace … waiting and preparing for His ministry and for the cross. His mother pushed Him to take care of the wine at the marriage of Cana, and He responded that His time was not yet. When His disciples encouraged Him to go to Jerusalem, He told them that His time had not yet arrived.
Today’s world is focused upon instant gratification. We are able to contact our friends and families instantly through our cell phones and the Internet. Businesses are focused upon providing quality products more conveniently and faster.
Sometimes, we shift that instantaneous approach to our Christian lives, and we’re disappointed that we are not instantly changed. We’re not instantly “holy.” We’re not instantly possessors of God’s promises for us.
The Christian life is not like a business transaction.
It’s a Promise Walk.
A slow walk.
A meditation walk.
A power walk.
A walk waiting for God.
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I look forward to learning how your Promise Walk is going.
Father of the Promise, thank You for Your great grace. Thank You for showing us throughout Your Word that You are waiting on Your children. Through the waiting, You have chosen to reveal Yourself to us. Bless, we pray, Your followers with the knowledge of the value of waiting in Your presence. We love You, Lord.