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The Waiting Game

Psalm 27:14 “Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart;

Wait, I say, on the Lord!”

I love music and when my children were little, I loved teaching them songs. We had cassettes, movies, and music usually playing throughout the day. One of the videos we watched was Mother Goose at the zoo. A person dressed as Mother Goose walked around with some kids as they sang about the animals. One of the favorites was a song about a turtle and how slow they move. It goes, “Have patience, have patience. Don't be in such a hurry. Remember, remember it only leads to worry.” The turtle song was in with the bunnies who are always in a hurry. We don't remember the bunny verses, but the patient turtle verse has always stuck in our minds.

Patience is hard to have. Sure, maybe you have learned to be patient with that difficult coworker, or you have learned some patience with your children. But, what about patience when it comes to waiting? When you want things to happen right away, something that you've asked for in prayer or that you've put the work into and now want to see the results.

Psalms 37:7 tells us, “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.”

If you are in the period of waiting anxiously and impatiently you can be assured that God is still in control and wants you to relax. God won't give you anything that’s bad for you but what He is doing is allowing for the building of your character. We've talked about the Christian life and how we need to wait for God's timing but when we become anxious, we tend to forget God's timing is perfect timing. Sometimes there just happen to be times when we have to wait. We wait and rest in the Lord.

So, what does that mean, ‘rest in the Lord’? When you're waiting for something in the mail that you've ordered, you probably wait the certain number of days you know it will take to receive it. But, as soon as that confirmation or tracking information comes to you, do you start checking the mail more anxiously or follow the tracking all the way to your door? I've been guilty of that now and again and there is nothing wrong with that. What God is saying is, rest in Him. Don't keep “checking the tracking”, as you wait for the answer or for something to happen. What God wants is your focus on Him and your relationship with Him. He could be very well be saying ‘wait’ because He's teaching not only patience but a way to get through life without always being in a hurry, stressing or being anxious. Waiting for Him shows that we trust that He knows what's best for our lives.

Life is not a sprint or a 5K race. Life is a long walk. Like the tortoise and the hare. The tortoise knew if he just took his time, he'd eventually get to the end, but he'd enjoy so much more along the way by making use of his time. The hare was in such a hurry that he missed the simple lesson in life. Have patience, don't be in such a hurry. Worry comes from stress and stress from the lack of patience. Today if God has asked you to wait, remember to use the time to build your walk with Him and enjoy the scenic pause. All things will fall into place at the right time and when God knows it is best for you.

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