Patiently Waiting

15 Jun

***Inviting you along on my journey***

A few weeks ago I posted about the first step in my journey toward health.  Over the coming months I’ll be writing about what the Lord is teaching me.  It’s my prayer that you will be encouraged and challenged as we go forward together.  Our verse:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

Patience.

…sigh…Can I be honest here and say that this is not easy for me? I like to say that I have patience but this week the Lord has shown me that I truly don’t.

Webster’s defines patient this way (emphasis mine):  2. adj. tolerating delay, provocation, annoyance, etc. without complaint or anger. (Ok, I’m not perfect at this but not too bad either. Something we’ve been working on for a while God, you know my heart is repentant on this front.) 3. adv. patiently-  persevering or diligent. (Really?  That’s the definition of patiently? Yikes…)

This weekend I was reading the commentary in my bible about the 400 years of silence between the Old and New Testament.  Not that God wasn’t active during that time, because we can see in history the rise and fall of nations ultimately leading up to the birth of the promised Messiah, which were foretold through the prophets.  But His prophetic voice was silent.

And so the Israelites waited, and cried out , and groaned for their promised Savior, the Messiah. They had to wait (patiently- diligently, persevering) 400 years for God’s promise to be fulfilled.

A long time ago, while struggling through young adulthood and trying to “find myself,” a wise teacher led me to Psalm 40.  It fit my situation at the time and so I purposed to memorize the passage.  Over the years I’ve gone back to it time and time again gaining comfort from the familiar verses.  Psalm 40:1 says:

“I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined to me and heard my cry.”

He’s shown me “waiting patiently” means something completely different than I originally thought.  In the past I imagined sitting quietly, hands folded, head bowed, holding back, so that’s what I did.  There are things I’ve allowed to fall away, promises I’ve pushed under the rug, because of my passivity.

But not anymore.

He wants diligence.

He’s calling me to persevere and abide.

And so, “He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet on 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 40:2-3

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2 Responses to “Patiently Waiting”

  1. Stephanie June 17, 2010 at 5:10 pm #

    I love you, Becca! So good to read your blog.

  2. Sami June 28, 2010 at 12:58 pm #

    “Patience is the active anticipation of the fulfillment of God’s promises according to His timing.” That’s been written in the back of my Bible since early college. I wish I could remember where it came from now. I bet it was Time Out 🙂

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