in the waiting
I originally wrote this 4.17.2017, however, I am just getting around to adding some things to my blog. :)
I have been fascinated with the book of Isaiah lately. It's had me praying about waiting, and strength.
I have never liked waiting for anything. Waiting to me has always meant stop. When I hear wait- I hear "you're doing this wrong". I normally think it means no, and so the more I want something, the more irritated being told to wait, makes me.
I am in a season of wait right now. Because I am prone to wander, I get frustrated and impatient. There's a challenging tension in the wait. Mainly because awesome things often happen in the wait. God moves. Things change. We change. We see doors start to open. We get glimpses of what is to come- but what is not quite ready. Some days I feel like I am a kid who has been staring at a present for what feels like forever. Like I've been allowed to shake the box, so I have a some idea of what could inside... but no solid guess on what it actually is.
That is my version of waiting.
But God- God's version is beautiful.
In God's wait, we find strength.
If I stay true to God's wait; if I don't tear open the gift before it's time- what's inside is normally beyond anything I could of ever imagined on my own.
God's wait isn't a halt- it's a process. It's an action. We don't stay stagnant in our wait with the Lord- we become renewed. When God renews us, he builds strength in us. Strength altars us. Changes us. Revises us.
"but 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" (Isaiah 40:31)
weak: failure through loss of inherent strength
weary: exhaustion because of the hardness of life
When we hope in the Lord, when we wait- we declare we refuse to lose the inherent strength WHO will work tirelessly to uphold us. We say yes to a constant renewing that protects us from the exhaustion that tries to harden us.
As we renew ourselves in the wait, we prepare the way to live out His glory.
And all we have to do is wait.