“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.”Psalm 130:5-6
When I know that I have to do something, I like to get it done as quickly as possible. But I do not enjoy long periods of waiting. There are several things I dislike about it. I don’t have an end date; I could wait more patiently if I knew how long it would last! I tend to look in hope to an event—not to the Lord—so I grow agitated. I get bogged down in the “what if’s,” like “What if this situation or person never changes?” Also, I grow anxious that resolution will be too late or will never come at all. While I wait, I feel like I should be doing something…
Our reading reminds us that waiting in hope is doing something. It means actively remembering the Lord’s great love, His compassions, His faithfulness. It means actively seeking—digging into His Word, quieting ourselves to hear His voice. It means actively watching for God’s salvation in His time. It means actively saying, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him” (Lamentations 3:24). He gives us grace for today and renews it every morning.
God has an end date—but his timing may not be our timing. And when his purpose is accomplished, the waiting will end!