Day 144: Wait

Happy Monday and Day 144 of Another 100 Days of Hannah …and Counting, y’all!
 
Well, we made it to another week guys.
I don’t really know if that’s exciting or not, but it’s life, so… huzzah – here we are. In any case, hopefully y’all had a good weekend.  I know I did!  I loved the beautiful weather and spent significant portions of the last 3 days outside.  Primarily just mowing my yard and helping where I could with farming, but, you know.
 
This morning though, I’m paying a bit for my very dusty weekend outdoors.  Until proven otherwise, I’m gonna claim that it’s just allergies, but my ears and sinuses are pretty significantly plugged right now.  Guess it’s time to pull out the allergy meds again.  (Though, it was going pretty good going without them for the last month!)  Very glad that the symptoms didn’t start until after singing at church yesterday.
Okay, enough chit chat, let’s see if there’s actually something relevant tumbling around in my head this morning.
So, recently, I feel like there’s been a push, at least in my life, to wait on the Lord.  Honestly, I can really struggle with this some days.  It’s easy for me to want to rush around and try to man-handle my way through days.  To push my way forward, come what may.
But, in Isaiah 40:31, we are told, quite clearly, that this isn’t the Father’s way.  No, rather, we are to… wait.
 
They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
 
Which is a pretty great promise.
But, begs the question, what in the world does waiting look like?
 
Is waiting sitting around twiddling our thumbs?
Is it taking a nap to hope the time will pass a bit faster and God will show up? 
 
I’m no bible scholar, but, at least from my experience, I don’t think this is the case.  Rather, I think there’s an intimate connection between waiting on the Lord and being still and knowing that He is God.
 
But, first, let’s take a small side step.
 
So, for a moment, I want y’all to think of someone you love – like, really love.  Someone who you would do pretty much anything for.
 
Imagine then, that you are planning to meet up – pick your favorite activity.  But, your schedules just aren’t lining up.  How long are you willing to wait?

Quite often in my life, there are literally months between when I plan something with a loved one and when the day actually arrives.  And, as much as I wish I could speed time along and get to that day, I will wait for that day with eager expectation.  Why?  Because my loved one is worth every minute of waiting.

And as the day draws closer, I find myself imagining the joy that I’ll have – just being with the people that I love.

Y’all, if this is our response to mere humans who have and will hurt us and fail us, how much more should we wait on our Creator – our Father – who will never leave us or forsake us.
 
When we wait on the Lord, we are not idly sitting, twiddling our thumbs, falling asleep spiritually.  No!  We are waiting in eager expectation for Him to come and change the atmosphere.  We are recounting all the times He’s come through before.  We are intensely focused on Him – His goodness, His mercy, His promises, His love.  We are being still – ceasing from the hustle and bustle of our lives – trusting in His promises.  Believing that He truly will draw near to those who draw near to Him. 
 
Which, is apparently all I have time for today. Oops.
 
Catch y’all tomorrow,
 
Hannah


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