I think we all have been at a place like this. Or maybe we are currently in a season of waiting. A season of planting the seeds and waiting for the harvest. A season of selflessness, of serving, or a feeling of standing still. A feeling of wanting to hurry up and get to the next place or step in life, to graduate and move one, to find that special someone...to have kids.
Our minds begin to grow restless and weary.
We wonder is this all there is?
Is this all of me?
All of the plan?
Because when we feel like we aren't moving we fall away from the future He has in store.
And when our minds grow weary we begin to wonder if this is all worth it?
So what do we do?
When we say, " Let's go!" And God says, "Be still." When we want to move forward and He just tells us to wait. What do we do? Where do we go with our emotions? Where do we go with our frustrations? Our dreams? Our future?
I was reminded by my husband how long Noah had to wait until the ark was finished, and then for the rains to come. How long Joseph waited and had to trust that God would be faithful, that God saw him in the prison. How long Abraham and Sarah waited for a baby, for the promise of becoming the father to generations and generations to come. These key people in the Bible all were given big promises, dreams, and callings on their lives...but they all had to WAIT.
Psalm 27:14, "Wait for the Lord; be strong., and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord."
Lamentations 3:25-26, "God proves to be good to the man that passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It is a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God."
I went deeper to unpack these verses.
The Greek word for Wait is - Perimeno
Peri - all around, encompassing, all basis are covered. full.
Meno - Remain, stay, abide, continue to be present.
So when we wait God is really working.
Working to keep us in the present, learning and maturing till all basis' are covered. Till we are full. Full and ready for what He has.
Staying present helps prepare us for the plan He has in store.
Waiting allows Him to work on us so we can work for Him.
Waiting prepares the way that God wants us to go.
And what I saw from these verses is not just that waiting is a very crucial time but what we are meant to do while we wait. We are not meant to be weary but worshipful. Not be crumbling down but to take courage and look up. Listen. Abide. Remain in the real time because that's where He really is. He is in the present with you...pushing you, pursuing you.
And now I know how to wait. To wait is an art of worship. So wherever you are, worship Him. Worship Him for where you are and what you are doing. Worship Him for where you long to be and the dreams you have and trust Him.
And remember to be fully present, because that is where His presence is. And the present is a gift.
I don't know what that looks like for you but for me it's letting little hearts explore and grow and change. It's wearing one baby, while carrying another on my hip and holding the other's hand. It's playing blocks, while reading a story and nursing a baby all at the same time and fighting overwhelmed feelings with feelings of joy because I have so much and I don't deserve these little souls but yet here they are.
It's cheering them on as they climb to the top of the slide. It's being aware of the presence of God when the big sister bends down low and wipes away little sister's tears from the hard fall on the sidewalk. It's being fully here... right here and not just waiting but worshiping, living, breathing, and becoming. I am watching them change and I am humbled by how they have changed me. And to see them love and smile and dance and twirl skirts and dig their hands deep in the earth. They are finding out what this life is all about and who they are.
To wait is to worship.
And to worship is to breathe.
I hope you find the way to worship in the waiting today.