Just Dandy

I really struggle with waiting.
I don't generally like it very much.
In fact, I very nearly despise waiting.
Waiting in line.
Waiting at the doctor's office.
Waiting for important meetings.
Waiting for phone calls.
Ewwww. Gross.
Anyone with me on the annoying nature of waiting?

In the month leading up to my transition to this new Minnesota community (waiting and hoping and praying that SOME congregation would want me and interview me), I ran into the same Bible verse over and over again. It seemed like everywhere I turned, there was Isaiah 40:31 -

But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.

Well guess what verse I've been running into constantly again? Isaiah 40:31! Waiting, waiting, waiting. I tell you what, though - this verse is really growing on me. Waiting for God's guidance isn't always easy - in fact, it's generally extremely challenging, isn't it?

There are times when it feels like God is providing any guidance at all. It's comforting to know that people have been feeling this way for thousands and thousands of years.

But the author of these words from the book of Isaiah knows something special. There is strength in the journey of waiting. God WILL provide guidance. The waiting isn't permanent. Someday - maybe not today - we will run and walk and soar through the sky like an eagle. And in the meantime, we wait.

1 comment:

  1. You are so right, Emily! Waiting and patience are some of the things I struggle with most every day! Sometimes I wonder how I can be so bad at being patient with others and then go work on knitting a really complicated lace shawl for 3 hours straight. What's wrong with that picture?!

    It can be hard to not be anxious or frustrated when you're stuck waiting. I will pray that we both find some calmness in our patience and waiting!