I’ve been in a quiet place, a place where at times I’m crazy desperate to know what’s next. I sense I’m in a waiting room, a seemingly dark waiting room. I don’t care for the dark, and some days I do not wait well. Can anyone else identify? Is it just me?
In the past, the Lord used illness and surgeries to cause me to slow down and stop. Those times were the worst of times and the best of times; they were hard, horribly painful, but came with the beautiful blessings of soul-healing. When all you can do is spend time with The One who made you, that time is good, very good.
Now healthy, I’m watching and waiting to move forward. To be honest, I know I’m only confined by myself, only crazy nuts in the wait because I have a tendency to be crazy and nuts. I want to see the next step! Please… Whimper… please, Lord?
In this strange time of waiting and at times flailing, I’m sensing God at work. He’s stripping away things I didn’t even know were weighing me down. He’s teaching me lessons, even though most days I didn’t recognize I sat in His classroom.
Many times, I’ve pictured I’m in a small, confining, difficult place to stand. Yet in the confinement of a wait, God enlarges the step. The steps may seem small through human eyes, but they are never wasted, they are full and free for training, revelation, intimacy, and joy with the Lord.
Waiting is not always a negative thing. If I want something, I would prefer that something as soon as possible. However, if I am crossing a river full of crocodiles, I would be very happy to delay until any large-tooth critters are gone or occupied with something else.
Waiting is often a preparation, a getting rid of the things we don’t need on the next part of our journey, a soul-stilling to have the soul tuned in to God to prepare our soul for what God has planned.
I’m waiting and I want to wait well. Amy Carmichael wrote, “Blessed are the single-hearted, for they shall enjoy much peace. If you refuse to be hurried and pressed, if you stay your soul on God, nothing can keep you from that clearness of spirit which is life and peace. In that stillness you will know what His will is.”
Are you waiting? Stay your soul on God. Be still. Rest and know, you are always safe in God’s hands, and soon you will know His will.
Be still, the Lord rescues, the Lord fights for His children (Exodus 14:14).
Be still, wait patiently (Psalm 37:7).
Be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10).
Be still, He calms the storm (Mark 4:39)
Be still… “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” ~ Isaiah 40:28-31 (NIV)