Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, And in His word I put my hope.
Waiting, stinks. Waiting for a new job, waiting for a baby, waiting for someone we know to change, waiting to find out the results, waiting can be excruciating.
From the time Adam found out about his diagnosis, until the day we heard that his PET scan was clear, i.e. that his cancer was contained in his face and had not spread anywhere else, the days felt like an eternity. The wondering and waiting were grueling.
The lyrics to the song below are all about waiting, and are especially powerful. They say, "Waiting here for you. With our hands, lifted high in praise, and it's you, we adore. Waiting here for you."
These lyrics take the focus off of the waiting itself, and place the focus on our heart attitude while we wait. God knows it can be especially easy to become extremely self focused while we wait, but He also knows that being self focused can make us miserable. He wants us to instead focus on Him, but how do this practically?
How can we "wait well"? I believe there are at least three thoughts that can help:
1) We can cling to the promises of God.
One set of verses that has meant a lot to us has been Psalm 91. A piece of it read likes this, "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadows of the Almighty. I will say of my God, He is my refuge and fortress. My God in whom I trust."
When I start to question if I can trust God, I read these verses again and again and it reminds me of who God is, and that He is worthy of my trust.
2) We can actively be on the lookout for ways to serve others.
When we serve, it makes it much more difficult to become excessively focused on our problems.
3) We can ask God to show us how we can have hearts of gratitude right where we are.
We talked about this in the last post; God has a way of using gratitude to enable us to see all of the blessings in our lives.
I don't know why we have to wait sometimes, and I know it's anything but easy, but I also know God without fail has a purpose in our waiting. Over the years, I can see He has taught me lessons of trust, I know I wouldn't have learned without the wait.
Jesus, help us in the waiting. Jesus, only you can sustain us when our bodies and souls are tired. Please sustain us. Give us a promise to hold onto today Lord, and like a magnet, help our minds to return to that truth throughout the day. Thank you for being the God who sees, who knows, who cares when we are waiting and hurting. Please 'give us faith to trust what you say that you are good and your love for us is great.' We need you. Amen.
'Waiting Here For You' Christy Nockells
*Adam will be taking a break from his treatments and will resume again next Monday. I will see you for 'There is Hope' Day 11 then.