There is so much activity while waiting.
- We fidget.
- We tap.
- We wonder.
- We pace.
- We pray.
- We plead.
- We beg.
- We stress out.
- We cry.
- We implore.
- We stomp.
- We question.
- We contemplate.
- We plan.
- We are hope full.
- We are dread full.
- We are pessimistic.
- We are cautiously optimistic.
- We are waiting….
Sometimes our waiting is a looming dread and sometimes it is a joyful anticipation of what lies ahead. But God is always working, sometimes behind the scenes where we don’t see the entire layout of the plan. We might just see little bits and pieces of His work poke through like flowers peek through winter debris in early spring.
His work is not fully revealed until the appointed time.
On the Road,
Today’s PrayerPoint ~ Psalm 130
Today we wait and pray but we know Easter is coming. I am always waiting for the good and bad of this life but may my focus be on anticipating what God is doing (and has done) for my eternity!
Here is a collection of Psalm 130:5 in several different translations. Sometimes waiting is the hardest part!
New International Version
I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.
New Living Translation
I am counting on the LORD; yes, I am counting on him. I have put my hope in his word.
English Standard Version
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
New American Standard Bible
I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope.
King James Bible
I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
I wait for Yahweh; I wait and put my hope in His word.
International Standard Version
I wait for the LORD; my soul waits, and I will hope in his word.
I rely on the LORD, I rely on him with my whole being; I wait for his assuring word.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I have hoped in Lord Jehovah and my soul has waited for his word.
GOD’S WORD® Translation
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and with hope I wait for his word.
Are you living with dread for the coming days?
The next doctor’s appointment. The next review from your boss. The next episode in your family. The next rejection from a job. The next piece of disappointing news. The next roadblock.
Or are you living with anticipation for what God is doing?
God’s next provision, transformation, redemption. God’s perfect timing. God’s healing. God’s promise to work all things for the good of those who love him.
If we knew everything that was awaiting us, I don’t think it would be good. We think we want to know but I don’t know that we would be all that happy about knowing the future. Sometimes knowing something is going to happen is mesmerizing, debilitating, and paralyzing even if it is a good thing. While impending doom motivates some people to prepare it grips others with such fear they cannot think through to plod ahead and do the next thing. God knows having too much information too early on most items is distracting to the present.
Be careful that you are not so focused on what you are waiting for that you don’t breathe in and celebrate your today. The provision, the gifts, the beauty, and the aromas are sometimes here for just a moment.
Who holds your year in His hands? Who has the ability to work all things out for good? Who has led you where you are today?
Today. It is what we know and what we have. Don’t spend all your days wrapped up in tomorrows that may never be.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. [Romans 8:28 NIV]