Two hours in the grocery store and we were both spent. I neared the front of the store with an anxious toddler in tow and one thing on my mind. Getting home. I scanned the checkout lanes for the smallest line. Spotting a lane with only one person I raced to place my items on the conveyor belt.
After a few moments in line, it became apparent a problem had occurred with the order in front of us. I smiled and looked on; hopeful my less than interested lad would hang on just a little longer. I knew he was tired,but soon the whole lane knew as he loudly professed, “I’m ready to go!”
I did my best to assure him we’d be on our way home soon, but my momma efforts fell short against his strong, three-year old determination. He was ready to go!
As our wait continued to grow, so did my son’s lack of patience. In a near melt-down moment, he grabbed his newly acquired toothbrush and toothpaste off the conveyor belt and proclaimed he was going home. I reminded him his items had to be paid for to which he placed them back on the belt and continued to wait.
In time, we checked out and finally made our way home. Later, as I processed this experience, the Lord spoke to my heart about waiting.
In Lamentations 3:24 we read, “I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore, I will wait for him.” (NIV, emphasis mine)
In this verse, “The Lord is my portion,” means Jesus is our inheritance. As believers, His life, His love and His kingdom is ours through our relationship with Him. The verse continues, “I will wait for him.” In other words, I can choose temporary fulfillment in people, positions or possessions or I can wait upon the Lord and have everlasting fulfillment.
A quick look at Lamentations 3:24 in other versions of God’s Word, revealed the word “wait” to also be referred to as “hope.”
In the NLT, Lamentations 3:24 says, “I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in Him.””
Now, here is where God shed His light over my perspective on waiting.
There have been multiple times when my prayers have been followed up with a period of waiting. In these times God has reminded me, “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) Yet, because I’ve focused on that which I’m waiting for, rather than on God, my peace and confidence has wavered. At times, I’ve been known to take matters into my own hands and act apart from God, because waiting felt too passive.
Today, the Lord is showing me how “waiting on Him” is actually an act of “hoping in Him.” Waiting on God, is anything but passive. In fact, it’s a courageous act. One which makes our hearts fertile ground for God’s transformative work.
Next week, I hope you’ll come back as we dig into how waiting on God transforms our lives for His glory.
In the meantime, if you find yourself waiting on God perhaps you can rephrase your words to, “I’m hoping in the Lord!”
Be blessed my friends!