Waiting

Today’s Scripture: Isaiah 40:31 – “… those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
 
I have never been a fan of the waiting game, although I have been forced to participate. We wait at stop signs and traffic lights, to purchase items in any store, restaurants and banks and movie theatres. We wait for the mail person to bring good news and for our ship to arrive.
 
We wait for flowers to bloom, the rain, the sun and the wind to quit blowing. We wait for babies to be born and then wait for them to grow and mature. We wait in hospitals and doctors office and visit with others who are also waiting.
 
Waiting is always linked to hope. Whatever it is that you may be waiting for is apparently worth the wait. Why would anyone wait if he or she did not believe that their wait would be rewarded?
 
Waiting can be especially difficult if you have nothing to do. I believe that the farmer does the most waiting. He plants the seed, irrigates, sprays for pests and weeds and waits. But he finds something to do while waiting. Jesus said, “As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.”
 
Clearly waiting is a skill that the Bible urges us to develop. “Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord: (Psalm 27:14). “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him: (Lamentations 3:25).
 
So we wait, but we wait with hope, and it is that hope that keeps us waiting.
 
Song: On Bended Knee We Come
 
Father in heaven and giver of all blessing in heavenly places, be with us and strengthen us while we wait for the revelation of your dear Son. We pray in His name. Amen
 
Dennis Russell, Santa Maria, CA
dennislrussell@comcast.net