Lost in Waiting

“How much of human life is lost in waiting.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s difficult…when you have been given enough information to either bring anxiety or hope, but not enough information to bring comfort and peace.

A friend of mine waits for results of a medical test for her child.

Another friend waits in the waiting room at the hospital while his spouse undergoes surgery.

A little girl on the other side of the world waits for her mother to come home.  She has been abandoned.

We hope for news that brings comfort, someone saying it’s all going to be ok…but sometimes the news isn’t what we want to hear.

Waiting on God, going through the rollercoaster of emotions, preparing for the answer no matter the outcome…this is a hard place to live. We wait. We tarry. We are tempted to become anxious.  We are tempted to make irrational decisions…but we are told to…

Trust…have patience…

Wikipedia defines patience: Patience is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances. Patience is the level of endurance one’s character can take before negativity.

All of us go through it at one time or another.  We all have those moments when we must wait. I am not always the most patient person in the world when it comes to waiting.  I like my answers NOW.  I have been praying about something for a while, and I continue to wait, and it makes me crazy at times.

I don’t want to stop living while I wait.

To Wait – In Hebrew, Qavah, Damam.  To bind together, look patiently, expect, hope, look eagerly.  To grow dumb, be silent, be still.

So what ever it is you’re waiting on today, whether it’s as simple as the sunshine to reappear, your tax return, or your waiting to meet your future spouse, take comfort in the fact that the Almighty has not forgotten you.  Often I have to remind myself that His timing in all things is perfect and he is hearing my prayers.

Psalm 62: 5-8 My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On God my salvation and my glory rest; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah.

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