A Word from Your DS: Waiting on the Lord

January 01 2021

"But 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." Isaiah 40:31

Waiting goes against our human nature.  We don't like waiting in line or waiting at a traffic signal.  According to experts we spend approximately six months of our lives simply waiting in line for things (that's about three days for each year)!

We often equate waiting with inactivity.  But the Hebrew word used in Isaiah can also be translated as "hope" ("But they that HOPE upon the Lord shall renew their strength").  We "wait" in hopeful expectation on God.  We wait in hopeful expectation because we know that God is at work; He is at work in this world and He is at work in us.

In that waiting, God is renewing our strength.  Each night I set my iPhone on my nightstand to be charged.  Nearly every week I stop at the gas station to refill my car's gas tank.  On average I pause three times a day to eat.  Just as my cell phone needs more power; just as my car needs more gas; just as my body needs food; so, my spirit needs renewal.

So, take a breath.  Say a prayer.  Now, take another breath.  Isn't that better already?  Imagine what would happen if you did that several times a day?  Maybe, instead of running ourselves to weariness and walking ourselves into a faint, we might actually mount up with wings as eagles.  May God bless you with His strength today!