The bible talks about waiting on the Lord a lot. It shows up in both the Old and New Testament, so obviously it’s pretty important.
But here’s the thing…
Well, at least the way we usually think about it does. We live in an era of unmatched access. We have information at our fingertips, and delayed gratification can be a foreign concept. Waiting? Sitting round, just…waiting? Ugh!
This is not the waiting God calls us to…
The two most common words for “wait” in the Old Testament are qavah and yachal. Let me tell you, there is no boring, passive waiting involved in either of these words. Both of them mean to wait with hope, or anticipation.
This is active waiting, exciting waiting, hopeful waiting!
I don’t think there is a better, more tangible example of this kind of waiting than pregnancy.
You wait to get pregnant, sometimes for a long time.
Then you wait for that first sign of a belly, usually while waiting for that same belly to just calm down!
Then you wait for that first kick, that first wiggle, that first physical connection.
Then it starts to feel like you have been waiting forever. Everything is big, and everything is sore, and you. are. done. Those little things that once seemed so miraculous are already commonplace.
But still, there is hope and anticipation. You know that what is coming is better than where you are.
This is the waiting God calls us to.
Waiting that is full of anticipation, full of hope, full of joy. Waiting that is more than sitting and wondering. Waiting that isn’t full of doubt.
No matter what God has you waiting on, it is better than where you are.
How are you waiting?
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