Glimpses of grace seen in the everyday

Waiting …

We are all waiters of one sort or another.  WAIT is a word we don’t much appreciate in our era of instant gratification, but there are different kinds of waiting. 

Waiting in line (traffic, ATM, in a waiting room ) 
   Focus:    accomplishing a goal
   Mood:     irritation
   Activity:  just pass the time reading, chatting, listening to music, etc.

Waiting for an anticipated event (Christmas, birth of baby, Christ’s return)
   Focus:    desired future event
   Mood:     excitement
   Activity:  preparation

On the other hand, there is also waiting in dread, as for the results of a biopsy.
   Focus:    anticipated bad news
   Mood:     dread, sometimes denial
   Activity:  sometimes paralysis

Waiting on someone (at a restaurant, being a “lady in waiting” to royalty, waiting     on God)
   Focus:    the one being served
   Mood:     devoted attention
   Activity:  anticipating & complying with the desires of the one being served

Waiting means…

…my time is not my own.

…not needing what I want when I want it. 

…trusting that God will work out what’s best in His time—for me and for the whole world.

…letting go of my own preferences and focusing on God and others.

But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength.
They will fly high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.  Isaiah 40:31


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