My favorite, favorite scripture of all time has got to be Proverbs 3:5-6;
“5 ¶ Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
It has been on my mind recently. Then I read Isaiah 49:23 and the end of the verse really hit me;
“thou shalt know that I am the Lord: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.”
Those that WAIT shall not be ashamed and then another scripture popped into my head, Isaiah 40:31;
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
I have always been drawn to this scripture but I was unsure why. But it hit me….it has to do with WAITING. When I think about waiting I think about how much I don’t like to wait. I hate when people are late, I hate to make people wait, I don’t like when something starts late when I have made sure to be there on time, but reading these three scriptures together I have come to understand waiting in a spiritual sense. It is a way of building and strengthening our character.
In Isaiah 40:31 it talks about renewing strength, mounting up, running, and walking. Could it be that waiting upon the Lord can make our faith a true and active force in our lives? Faith is power and action and moves a person to DO or MOVE. When I think of waiting in my day to day life it is not active, but stagnate, stalling and negative. But, waiting spiritually allows us to be still. Back to Proverbs, when we truly put our trust in God we MOVE forward in His path. I don’t want to lean, I want to be strong. The other day I was doing yoga and we moved into tree pose. I felt the strength of rooting into the earth and standing still. I wasn’t leaning, I was strong and steady. I was waiting but not wanting, breathing and letting things be. I was still.
Psalms 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God.”
What an amazing moment to connect all of these things and to remember that in the hard times and in the good, as we wait upon the Lord we will be exactly where He wants us to be.