She sits on the foggy beach digging her toes into the grey sand. She listens to the waves softly crash around her, making her feet sink deeper into the sand. She squints into the fog searching for the familiar round lights on his fishing boat. Finding nothing but grey fog ahead of her, she kicks her feet angrily out from the sand… thinking to herself will this moment ever end?
Our life is full of waiting; waiting for a promotion, waiting to get married, waiting for to start a family, waiting to do something adventurous, etc… We are constantly waiting. Years ago I asked God to give me patience and in my mind, I thought God would give me a pat on the head and boom I would be full of patience. Not how it works.
Andy Stanley says that patience is choosing to go at another person’s pace instead of your own. I realized that I would have to practice patience it wouldn’t just fall onto me. Daily having to choose to live and walk in God’s pace not my own.
The Hebrew word qavah means to wait upon the Lord. During this waiting, it means to tie together, twist together, and to entwine. The word qavah is a verb so this waiting is active. During our seasons of waiting, God is entwining our hearts with His. That is the sweetness that makes the waiting so worth while. There is such sweetness when we learn to wait well for our Father to reveal his promises to us in his own perfect timing.
Psalm 27:14 (Passion Translation) “Here’s what I’ve learned through it all; Don’t give up; don’t be impatient; be entwined as one with the LORD. Be brave, courageous, and never lose hope. Yes, keep on waiting- for he will never disappoint you!”
During our seasons of waiting, it makes us rely on God in ways we wouldn’t have known if we didn’t go through them. It makes us dig our feet deep into his promises and trust that only He can do immeasurably more than we can imagine (Ephesians 3:20). I still struggle with patience, and daily I have to remind myself that being in God’s timing is so much more promising and rewarding than being in my own timing.
If He is still working; I am still waiting.