Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life. – Proverbs 13:12
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! – Psalm 27:14
What do you do when you’re wounded and pinned down by enemy fire? You radio for help and you wait. What do you when you can’t find a way around, under, or over the obstacle in front of you? You pray and you wait. What do you do when your loved one is hospitalized and the medical team has done everything possible to help her? You pray and you wait.
Have you noticed that, when you’re running late, that every traffic signal in the city conspires against you? Red light after red light slows you down. You can feel the irritation rising. Perhaps you’ve even muttered a few choice words, or pounded the steering wheel, in frustration.
Waiting patiently isn’t for sissies. It’s one of the hardest things for us to do. We’re inherently impatient. We’re programmed to save time and to get ‘er done. “Just do it.”, “Get it now.”, and “Hurry in; don’t wait.” are messages we hear every day. Waiting is an unwelcome intrusion. Waiting means we aren’t in control. We hate feeling out of control.
When you have to wait, would you rather wait with a quiet mind? Or would you rather wait with tension winding up inside you like a coiled spring? Patience is not only a virtue, it’s a choice. It doesn’t come naturally, so we need something to remind us to return to calmness when we start losing our cool.
There’s a promise for those who choose to wait for the Lord:
The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. – Lamentations 3:25-26
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
When you have to wait, and feel impatience taking over, speak an affirmation to yourself. Say something like this, “Lord, I trust You. I wait for You to open the way for me, to give me an answer to this situation. I rest in You, the One who sees all and knows all. I receive Your peace as I wait.”