Is there anyone in the whole wide world who is happy to wait? Anyone like the Psalmist who can truly say they waited patiently?
Let’s just say that I could absolutely not have written this Psalm unless you added the word kinda… I kinda waited patiently for the LORD. I’m trying though…trying to wait patiently.
I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry blog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD. Psalm 40:1-3
I had, as I prefer to refer to it, my stupid additional test last week. But no results yet. Still waiting.
I hate waiting.
And not knowing if I’m going to receive good or bad news is driving me crazy.
I wish I could just forget about it until they call.
I do forget…but then I remember and I’m awash with worry and anxious thoughts and my chest feels heavy and my eyes feel misty at the thought of being ill.
I know that God has me in the palm of His hand and that He loves me completely and totally and relentlessly.
Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hand; your walls are continually before me. Isaiah 49:16
But I know sometimes the answer is “no”, sometimes “yes”, and sometimes “not yet”.
And honestly I’m worried that the answer will be “yes.” Yes, you have to go through this.
He has said “yes” before.
He has said “no” before.
He has said “maybe” before.
And He has said “wait” a lot.
“Dearest, wait. And trust me.”
Waiting and trusting produces perseverance.
Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:2-6
Character and hope.
I really don’t want any more character…to be truthful. I feel like I’m kind of doing the suffering – endurance – character – hope cycle often.
Living here on this planet has its fair share of suffering. And there is need for endurance.
Then God puts that word character in there and I’m a little at a loss. I would think this would work better
Suffering – Endurance – Peace – Hope
Suffering – Endurance – Faith – Hope
But God puts character in there.
A person of character is someone known for their integrity, kindness, generosity, and morals. The things we think and do, the way we act and react, the hopes and desires we hold.
I want to be a woman of character…I do. A woman after God’s own heart. That sinner David…he was a man after God’s own heart. I take great hope in that. A man who had such big sin issues…a man who tried and failed but was given grace and forgiveness. Just like me.
We become people of character.
We have hope for the future.
Usually when I think of “the future” I’m thinking loooong term. You know, the eternal future God has planned for us.
But today I’m thinking the future like 2-4 days from now.
I want hope for then.
I want to feel hope regardless of the answer I receive this week.
When my marriage ended, for a brief time I felt hopeless. I felt there was no way in a million years I could be a single momma with my quiverful of children. But God has enabled me to do it.
When my ex-husband lost his job, I felt there was no way in a million years I’d be able to provide for my family, but God has provided instead.
Those are big ones, but there are small ones too. Things that happen any given day that make me wobbly…that make my hope wobbly.
But every single day, God provides and gives me hope.
And he will do it again. He will do it tonight. He will do it tomorrow. He will do it every day this coming week and beyond.
He will provide and give me hope on the day my doctor calls… good news or bad news.
Of that I am confident. Of that I have hope.
But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more. My mouth will tell of your righteous acts, of your deeds of salvation all the day for their number is past my knowledge. With the mighty deeds of the Lord GOD I will come; I will remind them of your righteousness, yours along. Psalm 71:14-16