As the day draws to a close in our home (usually by 10pm), Max has made sure everyone is home safely and accounted for. If he hears a noise outside, he stops bone chewing or toy tossing, sits at attention, and stares in whatever direction he has heard the noise. Sitting so astutely, tail wagging just a bit, he is the perfect picture of excited, yet controlled, anticipation. He knows that if someone walks into the kitchen from the garage, it will be someone he knows and loves very much. I can only imagine the thoughts whirring in his mind - his tail tells all.
In this life, we find that we wait for many things, just as Max waits for our family to all be home, safe and sound. Ecclesiastes tells us there is a time for everything under the sun. Sometimes we don't want to wait for the right time. When we rush things and don't wait, there are often consequences.
*for a crosswalk to allow us to cross the street
*for marriage - and the "right one" to come along
*for a paycheck
*in line - for a concert, drivers license, grocery checkout, to get into a ballgame, etc.
*for the birth of a baby
*for news - about a job, medical results, a proposal, etc.
*for the return of a loved one
Our waiting is sometimes brought about by circumstances around us, and sometimes it comes from within. In Isaiah 40:31 it says, "But those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up on wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary , and they shall walk and not faint."
Are you worn out from waiting? Don't give up! Cling to His promise that if we wait for Him, He will renew our strength. Just as Max waits to see who will walk in the door next, we should wait for that moment when we hear Him speak to our soul, or the moment He says, "It's time!", or "Let's go!". We have the opportunity to wait with expectation and excitement.
In whatever circumstance you find yourself in, there is purpose. He works for the good of those whose hearts belong to Him (Romans 8:28). Even when we can't see His purpose with our human eyes, His purpose still remains. Step out in faith; ask Him how to take the next step. If He says wait..... then, wait. It will be worth it in the end! If waiting seems impossible for you, ask Him to give you the ability and desire to wait. He says in His Word that if we delight ourselves in the Lord, he will give us the desires of our heart (Psalm 37:4).
It's all pretty simple... yet sometimes a struggle! As you read this, I am praying that He will move in your heart in such a way that you will wait.... or step out... in following His lead!