I hate to wait. I am hyperactive and waiting makes my blood pressure go up. I usually take my knitting everywhere; so I can make the time pass more productively and prevent my blood pressure from rising.
I also attempt to start conversations with the potential friends sitting in the waiting room with me. I give them one of my business cards, which has the Romans' Road printed on the inside of the card, and I invite them to join me at church on Sunday.
However, waiting has some other benefits as well. Waiting on the Lord renews our strength and allows us to rise up and soar in the Spirit (Isaiah 40:31). While waiting, we will hear God's clear direction for each moment of our day.
Waiting on the Lord gives us time to function in the ministry of intercessory prayer for whomever God's Spirit brings to our mind. It also allows patience to do her perfect work in us (James 1:4-8).
Waiting gives us time to praise and worship our Father, either silently or out loud and either by singing or reciting scripture, which we memorized along the way.
Paul learned to wait the hard way. As an active minister of the Gospel, he rarely sat still. He worked as a tent maker, as a missionary and as an apostle in the far reaches of his known world.
Yet, he also had years at a time of inactivity. He learned to be content, to wait on the Lord, to pray and write, and to minister to anyone the Lord brought his way (Acts 20:27, 28:30).
Like Paul, as we wait, we learn to trust in God and to know Him as our personal Savior. We come to realize that He is our safe refuge in any oppression or trouble (Psalm 9:9-10).
Regardless of whether we live in peace or in turmoil, or in health or we die, God is in us and with us in this world and in the next. There is nothing to fear as we wait on the Lord.
You never forsake those who seek You (Hebrews 13:5). As Your Saints, we experience Your faithfulness first hand and can testify to anyone who will listen. We sing Your praises both night and day as our soul waits patiently for You, because our hope rests in You (Psalm 9:11, 33:20; 130:5).
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