Waiting

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I sat down last night to write something profound or eloquent for the blog and nothing seemed right. I started a few different ideas, and finally just shut my laptop and went to bed. Waiting on a good idea to just spontaneously emerge from the depths of my thoughts, I could have been up all night. My conclusion was that it was better to say nothing at all than to say something that didn’t mean anything! (Or as mom would say, it’s better to say nothing at all if I didn’t have anything nice to say!)

But wait! On my way home today I was listening to our local Christian radio station and the song “While I Wait” by John Waller started playing. I’ve heard this song several times before and even knew that it came off the movie Fireproof. But how many times do we sing familiar songs and don’t really pay attention to the words we are singing?

Read the lyrics to the chorus below.

While I’m waiting, I will serve you.

            While I’m waiting, I will worship.

            While I’m waiting, I will not faint.

            I’ll be running the race even while I wait.

These words today took on a whole new meaning. Last night I was just waiting for God to reveal some insightful words to write, but rather He made me just wait. Last night I know he just wanted hear from me instead of me hearing from Him. Several times in Scripture we hear Job or David or Paul magnify the waiting part of our relationship with Christ.

“I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, and in His word do I hope.”—Psalms 130:5

I started thinking about my own circumstances right now as well as some of my closest friends. We are waiting for different reasons in our lives. Waiting for new beginnings, for different paths, for answers, for love, for change. In my own waiting game, I have been telling God that when the wait is over, I will be able to rejoice and glory in the goodness of Christ. I’m wasting time. My attitude should be that of the song; I will serve, worship, be patient, and have peace while I wait. I know that even in my waiting, God’s goodness remains good. His faithfulness endures the anticipation.

What can I learn while I wait? That’s the first question. Next, how am I being faithful in my wait? God is still moving and He is still good. So, what will I do even in my waiting to rejoice in Him?   It’s not always easy, but it’s through rejoicing while I wait that will help me to see His glory all the more clearly.

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