Wait on the Lord
Have you ever met a person who just loooooves to wait? As in, they genuinely enjoy the stretching activity of demonstrating patience?
Yeah, me either. Humans don’t naturally enjoy waiting for things that we really want. This gets tricky because our lives require a lot of waiting! Furthermore, all throughout the Bible, we are encouraged to wait on the Lord. Waiting well is, in my opinion, one of the most stretching activities we are called to as believers.
What does it look like to wait upon the Lord?
Have you ever really thought about that?
Many of us are familiar with the beautiful promises found in Isaiah 40. The entire chapter is so powerful, but the verses I want to focus in on are 28-31 in NKJV:
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, 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.”
The promises here are mind-blowing! Such incredible strength and power made available to us by the Spirit of God. We have a God who never grows weary, never grows weak, never runs out of strength and faithfulness and love, and in His infinite mercy He has made ALL of this available to His children.
One of the first things that jumps out to me is how He promises to give power to the weak. This word encompasses so much more than physical tiredness. Some of the definitions for this word include “fatigued, exhausted, weary.” And when He promises to give us power, the depth of the meaning of that word includes “strength, power, might, ability, fruit, capacity."
But here’s my question: how do we access this incredible supernatural power? What does it practically look like to wait on the Lord?
If you’re anything like me, waiting is probably also one of your least favorite activities in the entire world. I’m a type A go-getter girl who struggles greatly with slowing my pace. Slow doesn’t come naturally for me. Babies and toddlers have been excellent practice in dying to my ambitious, fast-paced ways and learning an entirely new rhythm of life. Lord bless my precious little people who have had to forgive me time and again for bowling right past them in my hurry to “get stuff done”. I am currently still in the thick of the little years so you’ll have to check back in with me in a few years to see if I survived this season! Ha.
Waiting is counter-cultural and counter-intuitive to me. That’s how I know it’s God’s idea and not mine. This word wait has such beautiful layers of meaning, and some of my favorites are “to wait, look for, hope and expect; to look eagerly for; to linger for.”
Have you ever asked God for a word at the beginning of a New Year? I started this practice a few years ago, and it’s become a really special and simple proclamation He and I make together over my calendar year. Funny enough, the word He put on my heart at the beginning of 2020 was “linger.” Little did I know all that we would face together throughout that crazy year. I actually did have a lot of opportunities to linger… to linger in His presence, to linger with my family, to linger over a good book or over the elaborate recipe I decided to tackle. He put time and space into my year that I was not expecting in the least. Because He knew. He knows me. He knows you. He knows what we need. He cares so deeply about our growth process.
I got to practice a LOT of waiting in 2020. In fact, waiting has been a theme for the last 15+ years for me. My husband and I waited a long time to conceive a baby. And then we had to say goodbye to that baby, and two more after her, and we get to wait to see those sweet little ones face to face.