The past year-plus has had a lot of us in a waiting period. We are waiting for lockdowns to end. We are waiting to see our friends and relatives. We are waiting to go on that trip or to a conference. We may be waiting to get the vaccine or maybe waiting for enough to get it so we won’t have to (so many varying opinions about this). In short, we are waiting for things to get back to “normal.” Some have used this time to do chores they’ve put off; some are learning new things, baking bread, clearing out old clothes and junk. Some might be merely waiting, twiddling their thumbs and wondering what’s going on.
Waiting isn’t always a bad thing, though it can be difficult. Sometimes it’s not easy to be patient, especially when we are waiting for something we really want, need or feel passionately about. As King David discovered, changing our focus can help. “Here’s what I’ve learned through it all: Don’t give up; don’t be impatient; be entwined as one with the Lord. Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope. Yes, keep on waiting – for he will never disappoint you!” (Psalm 27:14, TPT).
In Psalm 25:5, David wrote: “Escort me along the way, take me by the hand and teach me, for you are the God of my increasing salvation; I have wrapped my heart into yours” (TPT). The footnote in Poetry on Fire, The Psalms, adds: “The Hebrew word most commonly translated as wait (wait upon the Lord) is qavah, which also means to tie together by twisting, or entwine, or wrap tightly. This is a beautiful concept of waiting upon God, not as something passive, but entwining our hearts with him and his purposes.” No matter what you and I may be waiting for, let’s make sure we also wait on the Lord. Entwine your heart with his and let him take you by the hand and teach you. Doing this will turn the waiting into a productive and even wonderful time with the Lord.