Waiting often gets a bad rap. We see it as negative. I often think I shouldn’t have to wait. I don’t have time. I see no point. I don’t understand the purpose. I know what I need to do. I know what’s best. Ha! There is absolutely nothing that could be further from the truth.
I’ve been studying that familiar verse Psalm 27:14:
“WAIT for the Lord;
be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
My first instinct is not to wait. My first instinct is to plow ahead, barreling into something like there’s always a deadline or an emergency. But that’s rare.
I have been trying to exercise my waiting muscles. There have been many circumstances lately where I’ve been forced to do just that. I recognize it as a valuable thing that can only help deepen my faith and strengthen my walk with the Lord.
To study that verse fully and pick it apart, I researched the Hebrew translation. The verb “wait” in Hebrew is the word kavveh, which is described as “look for with anticipation”. I found it interesting that the root of this verb is the Hebrew word for hope: “tikvah”.
That doesn’t sound negative at all! That fills me with tremendous assurance. And as I age, I am learning the value of waiting, looking with anticipation and hope. I understand the value of patience in waiting far more than I did when I was younger. I’ve experienced the joy that comes with doing just that, as well as the sorrow that can be experienced when I do not.
I’m encouraged in my waiting with a song by Sara Groves entitled “I’ll Wait” which includes the verse:
I’ll wait for you now more than ever
I know it’s true now more than ever; I’ll wait for you now
I don’t want to do this by myself
I know I need your help so I’m waiting for you
(It’s a great song…if it’s not part of your iTunes or music library, I encourage you to download it.)
Wait. Hope with anticipation. I feel equipped to do that “now more than ever”. And for those hard things in this life that I pray and wait and hope for that I don’t see answers to…eternity is a very long time. I’m filled with expectant joy to experience it!