How does one “wait on the Lord”?
Isaiah 40:31 says that, 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. (NKJV)
Years ago, I heard this woman over the radio share how she got up every morning, sat on her sofa, closed her eyes, quieted her heart, and – as she sat very still – she waited for God to speak to her.
She sounded to me like such a godly inspiration! However, I had to be honest with myself and accept the fact that her morning experiences would never work for someone like me. Really, comatose as I am every morning, sitting on a warm and cozy couch and closing my eyes would only make me snore. As far as I recall, I have never successfully quieted my heart or mind by sitting down attempting to be still.
Even if I managed to stay awake, my mind would drift from the Lord and his goodness to my unfinished grocery list or the next project that needs tackling or whether or not my son’s appointment was this afternoon or the next.
Definitely not a very productive, quiet bonding time with Jesus.
I have friends I greatly admire, who can sit through an hour-long meeting without moving a muscle. They appear calm and relaxed and focused. When I find myself wondering what would that be like, I cringe remembering I need to be paying attention to what’s being said instead of gaping at people. It’s very sad.
So what did the Psalmist mean by being “still before the LORD and wait[ing] patiently for him” (Psalm 37:7, NIV)? Does that mean that un-still, extremely impatient gals like me are basically doomed?
Fear not my fellow ADHD-ers!
As I shared with you before, I do get up every morning and I do eventually manage to slow down the ol’ mind and sit on my comfy recliner to spend quality time with God. Sometimes I even close my eyes without drifting into beautiful places where George Clooney or a much younger Paul Newman tell me I am the one, and I flutter my long and dense eye lashes and tell them, “Oh, stop it!” And you say, in you dreams, girl! And I say, exactly. So… where was I?
Oh, yes! How do I wait? To me, the simple act of honoring the Lord by prioritizing my devotional is an act of waiting. I’d much rather jump out of bed and dive directly into my to-do list (those are figures of speech, it’d be more precise to say, “drag myself out of bed” and after a shower and a cup of coffee or two” engage in my daily chores” but I’m still dreaming.)
One of the many things I love about Christianity is that it is so practical. I can do practical. I can get up in the mornings to take the time to pray and read my Bible. I can force myself to do this before doing anything else. And, for me, that is as still and as patient as it’s going to get. But God knows that in my heart I am seeking to honor Him.
And that, my friends, is how I wait.
How do you wait on the Lord? I’m dying to hear.