Waiting by JW Kaiser
Surfers today are spoiled. There was a day, not long ago, where we didn’t have surf forecasting to know waves were coming. We actually had to just wait and wonder. Sure, some of us became amateur meteorologists, but in reality we were still surprised when the waves showed up, and just as frustrated by the flat spells. Truthfully, surfers have never been good at waiting for swell. Remember the popular throw back cliche “pray for surf”? How about “Board sacrifices”? I think that was just a made-for-Hollywood scenario, although I might be inclined to try it if it really worked.
What are you waiting for, other than waves? Is there an unresolved relationship situation that is trying your patience? What about a job opportunity or lack there of? Who among us either has a health issue or loves someone who is dealing with a health burden? I find myself in a constant state of impatience and honestly, I have a hard time not blaming God for it. Doesn’t He see my needs and desires? Doesn’t He hear my prayers? I’m not a fan of waiting. Who is with me on this?
The only lesson here is a simple truth. Waiting for the Lord is hard. Waiting for the Lord requires faith and trust and those things are in short supply sometime. We have to look at history. Has God made his people wait? Yes. Is God still worthy of our trust? Absolutely. Here’s a short list of scriptures as a starting point (there are hundreds). Let the living and active scriptures take root in your impatient heart.
Hosea 12:6 “So you, by the help of your God, return, hold fast to love and justice, and wait continually for your God.”
Psalm 27:14: “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”
Lamentations 3:24-26 (my personal favorite). “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”
and more: Psalm 37:7. Isaiah 30:18, Psalm 25:5, James 5:7-8, Psalm 5:3, Micah 7:7