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August 17, 2016

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart

and wait for the Lord.”                        Psalm 27:14

         I’m terrible at waiting. I don’t like standing in lines at the airport, or at the grocery store. Before you accuse me of impatience, let me say that I don’t think I’m alone in this. Wherever a long line gathers, people glance at their watches and look around as if there might be some way out of the inevitable. I used to think the worst wait took place in line for a new driver’s license, but at least they have a number system. This gives you hope that eventually it will be your turn.

         None of us love to wait for anything, unless we’re waiting for the ballgame to start, or our first-born child to enter the world. While exceptions, there clearly are some things worth the wait. Like maybe it’s worth waiting for God to answer prayer, to guide our path, or to inspire our future.

         When the Psalmist invited the hearer to “wait for the Lord”, he paralleled the work of other prophets such as Isaiah who said in chapter 40, verse 31:

 

“but those who wait for 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.”

            Waiting for the Lord doesn’t mean doing nothing. When we wait upon the Lord, we actively anticipate God’s response to our need. When we wait upon the Lord, we don’t lock ourselves in our room and sit on the edge of the bed waiting for direction.

            We seek while we are waiting.

We serve while we are waiting.

We advocate for a cause while we are waiting.

We listen while we are waiting.

We anticipate a response while we are waiting.

What are you waiting for?

Prayer: God of Heaven and Earth and Every Created Thing, thank you that we can place our needs before you. Grant us sufficient trust that you will answer every prayer and respond to every need according to your purposes, for our sake your glory. Amen

God’s grace, mercy and peace,

Pastor Anna V. Copeland