“Wait? That’s what made the bridge collapse!” ~ Of course its weight that makes the bridge collapse and not wait. However these two similarly pronounced words may be more related than we think. One of our greatest needs when we “WAIT” is to cast our “WEIGHTY” burdens to the Lord.
God gives numerous blessings to those that wait, but oh how difficult it is to wait. After much dreaming, it’s like time and progress has come to a screeching stop.
In Hebrew, qavah, means to tarry or wait and to hope, expect, look eagerly.
In the New Testament, prosdechomai, was used in the reference of waiting for the return of the Lord. It had a similar meaning to Hebrew, but it was concerned about eagerly anticipating Jesus’ return.
Subiri in Swahili takes waiting to a new level, its not only waiting, but being patient in the waiting period. Subiri by Mercy Masika and Emmy Kosgei and Evelyn Wanjiru
I knew coming home from my Kenyan home would have its challenges. I tried preparing myself and I thank God for my faithful friends who have and are still praying for me. I knew God was calling me home for only a season. But in an unexpected season, one is never sure what to expect and one is always waiting, eagerly anticipating a better tomorrow.
I have doubted God and asked why I am home, but then God reminds me of specific people that need me over this time. I then stop in my tracks and choose to remain positive. I have been reading through the Psalms and I have stumbled on so many verses about waiting.
Lord, how long must I wait? Will you forget me forever? How long will you turn your face away from me? Psalms 13:1
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalms 27:14
Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. Psalms 33: 20
Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord! Psalms 31: 24
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8
I thought I had the next few months planned, believing that I would be accepted to my preferred job thinking it was Perfect for me, but I wait and hear no response. I faced disappointment and discouragement, but then I remind myself that God’s ways are Perfect and His ways are so much higher than my ways. And God opened another door and I am a nanny to some awesome children. His ways are so much higher than mine.I am so blessed!
I have never been good at waiting, this sanguine in me loves to act and move. And here I am told to rest and wait. “God, you really are teaching me something big here aren’t you?” But even while I trust, I catch myself thinking in Swahili or wanting to say something in Swahili, when adding a new contact in my phone, I want to start with 07, instead of 519/226, I want to shake people’s hands, not realizing that this is not always the custom here. Oh such little, but big things to adjust to.
God has given me a practical lesson on waiting. I have realized that when one makes a choice to trust God on a daily basis, it makes it a peaceful season. I picture peace as a bird relaxing in her nest, when the branches are swaying in the wind. This is how I have felt the waiting process has been like, but oh I am so thankful for the peace I have.
I am relaxing in my ‘nest’.
I hold onto the hope and blessings that come with waiting. Not only physical blessing, but peace and joy in the midst of the storm.
What are you waiting for? God is whispering to you “Take heart my child, wait. I am working things out for your good.”
Choose to walk in faith keeping your eyes on our Creator and Maker.