the waiting room

Have you ever noticed everyone reading, scrolling on the phones, etc. in the waiting room? However, the moment the nurse/attendant calls their name they immediately hop up, gather their things, and go with the attendant. The people in the waiting room may have seemed relaxed, but really they were waiting with expectancy.

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope (Psalm 130:5).

We learn just how patient and impatient we are, when we are required to wait. Can we find something that will occupy our attention, do we find ourselves focused on what has not yet happened? Do we become agitated and pace, stomp our feet, or bluster at the person nearest us? What happens inside of us when we wait?

I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him” (Lamentations 3:24).

Scripture says that we are to Wait for the Lord. Not because He is trying to punish us by keeping things from us, but because He is trying to grow us. Just as we don’t allow our children to do various things until they are old enough to understand it, handle it, or care for it, God does the same thing with us. We may want something immediately, but God has eternal wisdom which sees beyond our small circle to know what will be best and what we need more.

 I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry (Psalm 40:1).

My husband knew I was the one for him three years before I knew it. We have agreed that if we had married before we were ready to be a husband and wife we would have had a very difficult time and may have even divorced. But God knew more than we did. I needed to heal from my broken engagement and grow in my faith. My husband also admits that he needed to grow in his faith and character as well.

We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield (Psalm 33:20).

God knows that I am patient, but I am also impatient. I can wait for awhile, but eventually I will become impatient. If I have to wait even longer, then I may decide what I am waiting for is not that important. Eventually, I may walk away and find something else to focus on for awhile- or even permanently.

it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord (Lamentations 3:26).

But what if what I am waiting for is Jesus? If am waiting for Jesus- and this side of Heaven that is what I am doing, then shouldn’t I be watching for Him as well? If I find myself focused on the things of here and now instead of being away that this is only temporary, then I risk not being ready when I am called or when He returns.

But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me (Micah 7:7).

Whether I am waiting for good news, healing, or a change in circumstances, I am to wait expectantly for the outcome. Psalm 27:14 says, Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Even when it’s hard, even when it seems like He forgot about me. Waiting for His timing and not acting on my own will mean that when He says it is time to move, to change, to do whatever, I will be ready.

keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life (Jude 1:21).


About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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