Wait is a four letter word! I must say that waiting in NOT fun for me. Grrrr! I don't get the attraction. I'm not sure I get waiting at all.
There are many passages in the Bible about the advantages of waiting. Like Isaiah 40:31
"But those who wait on 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."
Why is it so important to wait? I feel like I have been in a holding pattern for a long time! Actually, the whole earth feels like it is in a holding pattern to me. I'm thinking it has to do with timing.
When I think of waiting on the Lord I have a picture of a small child having run way ahead of his Father but running into a fork in the road. He doesn't know which way to go and so he waits until his Father catches up.
The fact that I am waiting on the LORD sort of implies to me that I have run up ahead of Him... again. Waiting for me is living in the future... wanting the present to catch up with my dreams. But where does listening come in? My picture of listening is more a child standing beside his Father... relating and listening as they go along. If a child runs up ahead he is not getting much benefit from being with his Father. So how do I get back to Him and listen when I have already run up ahead and am waiting there for him to tell me what is next? I'm not sure but perhaps the fact that we have run ahead and are no longer beside the LORD is what makes waiting so uncomfortable? Then again maybe if we waited with Him rather than cut and run we would have renewed strength and run and not grow weary. I know that I only have the strength to do what God intends for me to do when He intends for me to do it... which means if I wait for His release with it comes the strength and power to accomplish the task. Hmmm