Monday, April 26, 2010

Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength. -Isaiah 40:31 (NRSV)

SOME years ago I realized that I was spending a good deal of my week just waiting: in lines, in offices, in traffic. In fact, I had grown accustomed to waiting -- but had done nothing to use that time for something constructive.

Waiting, however, does not have to be the same as doing nothing. I realized that waiting could also be an opportunity to turn attention toward higher ideals or God. I began to use waiting time as an opportunity to read, to pray, or to meditate.

In our fast-paced world, we often feel we don't have time to wait, though we do a lot of it. Our concern should not be about waiting but rather about what we can do while we wait.

The prophet Isaiah said that in waiting on God we find renewed strength. When we turn our attention to God, we discover that our inner self is refreshed. God inhabits not only our active times but our quiet spaces as well. We increase our strength when we rest in the presence of God.

I have found in many years of praying, waiting on God is demonstrating trust that He is listening. It is hard to wait, but it is easier when we wait together....so, whatever you are praying for, be confident we are waiting on God together - You know I love ya - Don

This devotion was written by Todd Outcalt (Indiana, USA)

1 comment:

Emeila said...

I liked your blog today, made me think. have a blessed night.