Waiting on the Lord is the hardest thing I’ve had to do.
Yes, you read that right. Even after all I’ve been through, waiting on the Lord, and His timing, has been the hardest thing I have ever been called to do.
Of course losing my husband and father to my children was hard. It’s not what we had planned, or expected. But my faith helps me get through it. I know that he is in a better place and I will see him again one day.
Waiting on the Lord is a different kind of hard. I have to put aside my human tendency to take charge and wait for the Lord to reveal His plan. In all my humanness, I want to go head of the Lord, making decisions and taking action, to “get things done.” Thinking I know what’s best for me and I need to seize the moment and opportunity while I’ve got it. Not knowing what God has in store for me….
When in reality, what God has in store for me is probably way better than what I thought I wanted. Or, it could be that what I’ve been praying for is exactly what God wants for me, but hearts aren’t prepared enough yet to make it be the best it should be.
It’s like when you were a child and you made out a list of toys that you wanted for Christmas. Presents were bought, and wrapped, and placed under the tree. You would look at them every day wondering what was in the boxes. Was it the present you had hoped for? Or was it something that someone bought, thinking you might like it? Or was it the one present you didn’t ask for, because you didn’t know you wanted it?
Waiting on the Lord is like waiting to open that present. You may have the urge to go over and shake it to see what is inside, and ultimately be depressed when it isn’t what you were expecting. Or you could wait, patiently, for the right day…when you are supposed to open it, revealing the treasure awaiting you inside.
“The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” Lamentations 3:25
“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;” Psalm 130:5
“But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Romans 8:25
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.” Isaiah 55:8
Waiting on the Lord is the hardest thing I have had to do….but it will be the most rewarding when the time comes!