Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
Do you enjoy waiting? In my city, there is really nothing exciting to do, so eating out is the chosen social activity. Thus, new restaurants are a big deal, especially new chain restaurants. Within the last year, we've gotten our very own versions of Panera Bread, Corner Bakery, and Chuy's. I'm sure there are others, but these 3 are the most familiar to me.
I remember trying to dine at each one, during its grand opening week. And, as you might've guessed, they were all full of patrons, with lines of prospective eaters extending out the restaurant doors. All for an enchilada. Or a bagel. Or soup in a bread bowl. Mmmmm, soup in a bread bowl!
When, I entered these places and found that I couldn't immediately sit down, I was so annoyed by the busyness! I don't wait well. I don't know of many people who are especially good at waiting.
Our culture has taught us to be RAPID! IMMEDIATE! INSTANT! Some even refer to the current trend as the microwave culture, too busy to wait around for results.
Unfortunately, this "now, now, now" mentality has spilled over into my spiritual life. Do you know what I mean? Is this happening to you?
When I put myself before the Lord, I demand that He speak. I want answers/guidance/vision/direction NOW! This practice couldn't be any further from Biblical teaching.
We are told to wait upon the Lord.
And, not only are we to wait, but we are to wait patiently, with bravery and courage.
Oh, Father, I'm reminded today of my impatience as I seek you. Lord, help me to wait on you by not taking a single step beyond that which you've ordained. Teach me to wait with patience, bravery, and courage.