By: Donna Rudolph
I hate waiting! Have you ever heard the saying, “Hurry up and wait”? That’s what I feel like I’m doing 50% of the time! As far as I know, I don’t believe I have heard anyone say they like to wait! In fact, everyone I know hates to wait. Why do you think that is? I really believe this generation is an instant gratification generation. We want it now, we don’t want to wait on anything. But, guess what?! Some things require waiting. Often, we have no choice but to wait. I know it frustrates many, but if we could see the big picture in a lot of instances, we would understand why we must wait.
I have talked to a lot of people who ask why things happen or wonder why they must wait. They want to know the answers now, which is perfectly normal. We are natured to be impatient. We want to know why this or that happened in the way it did, or why your prayers haven’t been answered yet. Does God hear our prayers? Does He answer as fast as we want? Consider maybe the answer is no, or the timing is off. Maybe you must wait a little longer for an answer or to find out what God has in store for you. Maybe it’s God who is waiting for you to accomplish what He has planned for you. You know what God wants, but refuse to do it. Have you done your part? Have you listened to what God wants you to do? Have you prayed about it? (more than one time?) Have you sought Godly counsel? Have you searched God’s word for the answer? In some cases, we may never know what the reason is for some things, only when we are in Heaven will God let us know why.
There are so many verses in the Bible that have to do with waiting. What happens when we wait, when to wait, why to wait, etc. Take the following verses for instance:
Psalm 37:9 “For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth”.
Isaiah 30:18 “And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.”
Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
What I would like you to think about is waiting on the Lord. My favorite verse is:
Isaiah 40:31 which states, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
There are many, many examples in the Bible of those that waited on the Lord. Years ago, I went to a conference with our church. In one of the lessons, we learned about the habits and life of the eagle. When the Bible speaks about mounting up with wings as eagles, it is literally talking about how the eagle flies. I don’t know if you have ever stopped to consider exactly how an eagle uses its wings. Eagles fly slowly for a long time. They keep their wings steady and only move their tail. How do they keep from falling? Eagles soar!
They rest on the wind current. Using a situation when the wind stream is strong, they can soar in that stream-rest and glide to where they want to go. They would be exhausted and weak if they continued to flap their wings constantly. This is how eagles hunt. To stay in the air for hours they need to find the air current and get above it. The current makes it possible to rest and ride, letting the air carry it. This is much more energy-efficient than flapping its wings. So, in this way, the eagle spends a lot of it’s time waiting. They don’t need to go anywhere specific and don’t need to move fast until they spot their prey. Until then, they use as little energy as possible. Are you starting to ask, what has that got to do with me? Are you overburdened? Are you exhausted from your work or are your problems just never over or seem to never lessen? Do you wonder day after day, what is God’s plan for my life or why are these things happening to me? What have I done? What can I do to make it stop?
The answer to these questions can also be taken from the eagle. When it is time for the eagle to teach its young how to fly, the eagle starts making life uncomfortable for her babies. The eagle starts to take the nest apart. After a while, it gets to the point that the young eagles can no longer stay in the nest and they must fly; they have no choice. Is this what God is doing in your life? Are you too comfortable with the way things are? Do you need to change? Is God trying to convey to you a change is necessary? Do your worries keep you from soaring? These worries may be keeping you from resting in the Lord. Are you riding the current and not wasting your energy flapping? Are you exhausted? Is God making your life so uncomfortable that you must “get out of the nest”? Maybe all you need to do is wait on the Lord so He can renew your strength. Wait on the Lord so you can soar and mount up with wings as eagles, so you can run and not be weary, walk and not faint. Trust in the Lord and wait in the Lord for the answer, or to change your circumstances, or bring you into a different stage in your life. Maybe you need to rest your mind, body, or spirit so your strength can be renewed, or you can gain a different perspective on life, or on your situation. You need to pray, teach me Lord, to wait or teach me Lord, where or what do I need to change.
However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him— I Corinthians 2:9