Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!
These words are good for my soul. I let my eyes linger on the page and hear the words reverberate in my mind. Inhale, then exhale slowly.
My body begins to relax.
Moses told the people, “Fear not; stand still (firm, confident, undismayed) and see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today.” Exodus 14:13a Amplified Version
It’s so easy to be afraid. It seems each day brings another Facebook post, text, email, or phone call from family, from friends telling me of the latest sorrow, a hard diagnosis, a sudden loss. Holding hope sometimes feels like too slippery soap in wet hands. Sliding and sneaking away just when we thought we had a good grasp.
Holding hope takes perseverance.
Holding hope takes courage.
“Now stand still and see the great thing the Lord will do before your eyes.” 1 Samuel 12:16 NCV
It’s difficult to wait when I want to plunge in and get started. Lunge forward to the finish. There are so many times in my past when I have jumped into the middle of the pool and found mud instead of the clear, clean swim I expected.
Like Abraham and Sarah not waiting, and a world dealing with fallout from Ishmael and Isaac.
Like the virgins expecting the short term and unprepared to wait for the groom.
We are learning to wait in waiting rooms of all kinds.
We are learning to wait in patient expectation.
We are learning to wait, grace covered for the One who love us.
“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.”
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him;
it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”
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