We don’t like to wait. We like drive-through banking, fast food that arrives at the front door, and online shopping. Waiting seems inconvenient and unnecessary. What are you waiting for?
A few years ago we waited in line for a long time. It involved international customs. My husband, Don picked the line. However, we soon noticed that our line wasn’t moving very fast; in fact, it wasn’t moving at all!
We watched as a red Toyota truck beside us in the next line cleared customs and then we counted as ten more vehicles moved through; while we continued to sit back in our original spot. We sat in that line for thirty-five minutes waiting for five vehicles to clear customs! Don won’t pick the line anymore; he gave the job to me!
What are you waiting for today? The long-awaited child, test results, a promotion, a home, a restored relationship?
David in the book of Psalms poured out his heart to God; he knew what it was like to wait.
David was waiting to live with his family again.
Waiting for his reputation to be restored.
Waiting to no longer be pursued by an angry King that wanted to murder him.
David said, “But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God. My times are in your hands.” Psalm 31: 14
Waiting was part of God’s plan for David’s life and maybe for yours.
Relying on God during the waiting involves a conscious decision to leave the matter in God’s hands. God can be trusted with all the details; the plans are His to work out.
When you’re forced to wait (and you will be from time to time) forced to wait for something enormously important or something inconsequential.
Remember David’s words,
“You are my God. My times are in your hands.”
Say them aloud, often, and as a prayer of surrender. Relinquish the details into God’s hands and you will feel His love and care.
This is an updated edition of a post originally published on Little Steps to Health