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WAITING

I can honestly say that I’ve never met someone who enjoys waiting though I’m sure that such a person exists; I’ve just not met them yet. Let me tell you that I am not that person; my patience meter is usually running on empty on any given day. Needless to say, this current perpetual state of waiting has been very difficult for me as it’s been for many of you.

Yet God is asking us to wait! Millions of believers around the world are praying and seeking God for an end to this crisis and no one knows when that time will be.

This reminds me of the Israelites who waited 400 years for deliverance and even then, God took them the long way around, through the desert, to get to the Promised Land. As we have studied their journey and reflected on their response, we have often criticized their grumbling, lack of faith and trust in God. You can read the account in Exodus 13-17.

But how are we measuring up in the face of COVID-19 in 2020?

I’ve read somewhere that in an average lifetime of 80 years, we spend approximately six of those years waiting. Of course, not all at once, but broken down into chunks of  time; waiting at traffic lights, in lines at various places for services, waiting on people, waiting for a response to a question, for a baby to arrive, for a call back from our doctor, a job offer, and the like. It all adds up. It begs the question about how our waiting, during this time of COVID-19, will affect that average of six years!

Waiting is not easy, even for the most patient person but it does not have to be unbearable. I have found that waiting is less painful when I shift my focus.

May I share three ways that have consistently helped me to shift focus during extended periods of waiting:

  1. Refining my worship - Waiting reveals the “thing” that we worship the most. Our worship can be aimed at success, acquisitions, something, or someone other than God. I’ve learned to increase my worship of Jesus while I wait on him and I do so by saturating myself with his Word, being in constant communion with him through prayer, and surrounding myself with uplifting music that glorifies God.
  2. Recalling God’s unchanging faithfulness in my life - As someone who journals on a regular basis, this has been easy for me to do. During this current time, I have spent hours re-reading journals from several years ago and I have been reminded of and astounded by the many times when God showed up for me in miraculous ways. Will he do it again? Absolutely!                     
  3. Preparing for my next season - I recognize that this term “season” is one that we (Christians) frequently use which may cause it to lose its effectiveness. I do believe that, just like God’s natural order has distinctive seasons such as spring, summer, fall, and winter; so too do our lives. I don’t always recognize when I am heading out of a season, but I have come to distinguish when I am being prepared for a next season. I believe that “The Church” is in a time of preparation for its next season.

As I have been reflecting on this time, I discovered this worship song by Lincoln Brewster, "While I Wait" which had me completely undone. I urge you to listen to the lyrics of this song which I believe will encourage you today.

By: Yolande A. Knight

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Guest Comment 4 months ago
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That song tho! And the story behind the song is even more moving. Lincoln Brewster wrote it for his wife who had gotten over a rare form of cancer only to have to go through neck surgery and after getting through that had another major battle that he described was worse that the previous two. Powerful stuff. Learning to wait on God. As the lyrics say "Though I don't understand it I will worship with my pain" Thank you for this. xo
Guest Comment 4 months ago
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As I read your blog on the above mentioned. This particular scripture came to mind; Isaiah 40:31 - If we wait on the Lord our strength He will renew. If as believers we can learn only one thing from this pandemic, it is in Him we live, and move, and have our very being, Acts 17:28: We are truly nothing without God! Let us cease the opportunity to use such a time as this to see where we stand with our Creator, and ask ourselves if we are good Stewards. If not, prepare ourselves for the next season.For as you mentioned, God is truly getting us ready for that such season. Thank you so much the timely reminder as we wait in expectation. May God pour back into you what you have given us!Lorna