While We Wait
Isaiah 40:31 says: "But they that wait upon the lord shall renew their strengths; they shall mount up on wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." My family is in a season of waiting; life feels particularly hard at the moment. I'd like to tell you that I’m a pillar of spirituality right now, that as I wait I'm just mounting up on those wings and flying like an eagle. I’d like to tell you that this human heart of mine doesn’t grow weary at times, or that I don’t question God's plan. Isn’t that half the battle of life? Surrendering our fleshly ways and trusting in the Lord? I love that as I walk in my journey with Christ, he opens my eyes to the true meaning of the scriptures--that they come alive and breathe life into my soul, that they carry a whole new meaning.
It isn’t easy to wait on God. That's why Isaiah 40:31 expresses such a great reward for those that carry enough wisdom to follow God's path. Because it's hard, it's excruciating at times, and my human heart wants to run, it wants to control, it wants to stick to MY plan.
It's only little by little, day by day that I dig into the word, lay my problems at the cross, and pick up these tired, dry bones and follow Jesus. Only then, my spirit becomes renewed and waiting on the Lord starts to feel a lot like mounting up on eagle's wings.
My friends! Waiting is one of the hardest things we will do; it goes against our human nature. But, it is in waiting that the blessings of God's plan come into fruition.
3 W’s for Waiting on the Lord
Hope and worry cannot live in the same body; when we worry, we give up our hope. As believers, we have to decide--long before any trials in our life--who the Lord of our life is. Worry can paralyze us, derail our spirit, and rob us of all the blessings that pour into our life from waiting.
It is not whether we can wait, it is how we wait. Sometimes, as Christians, we forget the power that we have access to through Jesus. We try to live our life leaning on our own understanding, and relying on our own strength. God says that when we give it all to him and trust in who he is, his peace will transcend all understanding and our hearts and minds will be guarded. When God is Lord of our life, we don’t need to worry for we know who we are waiting on.
Don’t waste the wait. Life still happens while we wait. God prepares our hearts while we wait, he grows our spirits, and he shapes who we are in the valley. It can be very tempting to waste this time with emptiness, forgetting that this is the time to grow, be a blessing for others, and to dig into the word. I encourage you to stay on course--you will never regret being self-disciplined enough to stay on the journey.
I have been thinking a lot about Abraham and Sarah, and how Sarah’s heart grew weary (Gen 16). I know for me, when I start to feel weary I want to take control and make something happen... and that's exactly what Sarah did, didn’t she? She didn’t think God would ever show up for her so she forced her own plan. Man I can relate to that!
God says, “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you plans to give you a hope and a future." [Tweet "We cannot live in God's plan if we are not willing to wait for God's plan."] The reward for waiting far outweighs the price, but the pain of regret can be everlasting.
God was faithful to Abraham and Sarah because his mercy is relentless, but the pain Sarah faced lasted many years and caused great strife. Do not let your heart grow weary in serving God; he is, and will always be, faithful. God knows what is behind us, he goes before us, and he walks with us. Things might not make sense now, but we don’t have God's view.
Last night I lay in bed, tears streaming down my face. “God,” I said. “I need you, I need help, my heart physically hurts.” This song came into my head: “When you don’t move the mountains I’m needing you to move. When you don’t part the waters I wish I could walk through. When you don’t give the answers as I cry out to you. I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in you.”
Isn’t that just what it's all about? Trusting the creator of the universe, the one who made us, to take care of us? God is not a genie--he will not grant your wishes. He will give you everything you need, and more than you deserve. I pray all God's people get to a place in their lives where they desperately need Jesus, so we could all raise up like wings on eagles.