Let me get this out there right off…I do not want to wait for the Lord. I know, you probably thought this would be an inspiring Bible quotes post about waiting for the Lord…hopefully we’ll get to the inspiring part right? It’s not that I mind waiting, I am a mother of seven…waiting is just something I do. From the moment I wait for the little pink lines to confirm a pregnancy, I begin the process of waiting. I wait in the car during soccer practice and piano lessons. I wait in the chair as letters arrange themselves in a young mind during a spelling test. I wait for the spaghetti water to boil, the dishwasher to finish and the hot water heater to refill so I can shower…I wait.
Bible Quotes: Wait for the Lord
The thing with waiting on the Lord–we’re on different time schedules…if He is even on a time schedule. Although sometimes annoying to have to wait for the hot water heater to refill–I know if I give it a good half hour, I’ll be able to enjoy a nice hot shower. Same with the dishwasher and spaghetti water; I know if I just wait, I’ll be rewarded with clean dishes and boiling water. Piano and soccer practice has a fairly clear end time so I can “see” the end result of my waiting. I actually enjoy those quiet moments of waiting in the car by myself.
But waiting on God; I don’t know when and even if I will see the reward of my patience (semi-patience?) in this life. I mean I send up these prayers and I know He hears me because I believe His Word to be true, but sometimes–ok, LOTS of times, I want a tangible confirmation that my prayer was indeed received and I don’t know, maybe sitting in the que waiting for approval?
See, I’ve got these children, these souls I’m supposed to be taking good care of for Him and I’d like to know it all turns out ok in the end–it would make the hard days less hard, or maybe I should say less intense. I would know those hard days are just a blip on the radar of life, a speed bump, a momentary speck in the economy of eternity. You know how Flylady says you can do anything for 15 minutes? Well, I could manage my impatience, endure a childhood tantrum and not second guess myself if I just knew…knew those prayers for the salvation of their souls had already been answered.
If I knew the prayers this momma heart prays for her children to grow up and enjoy, I mean really enjoy each other’s company had gone straight from my heart to God’s ears and He’d already answered them, they were just waiting to reveal their glorious selves in the future…I wouldn’t mind the whole “wait for the Lord.”
But guess what, the answer to my waiting problem is actually, in a way, more waiting–inspiring Bible quotes yet? I don’t need to pray for more patience, that won’t solve these heart wrestlings of wanting to know how it all works out. I need to pray for strength and courage. Last I knew, strength and courage don’t just happen..kapow! They are a process…and a process is time…waiting…So I begin the process of praying for strength to endure the present trials and courage to trust that God loves them more than me…more than me…and wants even better for them than my feeble, imperfect heart can even conjure up in my whispered prayers.
…suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.-Romans 5:3-5
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