Wait.

The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice…
…His lightnings light up the world;
the earth sees and trembles.
~Psalm 97:1a,4

“Wait.” What child likes to hear that? I remember as a child on road trips asking, “Are we there yet??” I would have given anything for the answer to be “Yes!” But nearly every time it was instead, “Not yet. Be patient.”

Twenty years have passed since that time, and as an adult, I’ve learned to suppress the audible expression, but my heart still asks the question. Unlike a child, though, I foolishly think that I can improve upon the answer. Maybe the Lord just needs help. I must have misheard Him. Wait? Surely not…

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord! (Psalm 27:14)

Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord! (31:24)

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
…those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land. (37:7a,9b)

Wait for the Lord and keep his way, and he will exalt you… (37:34)

But for you, O Lord, do I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer. (38:15)

I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. (40:1)

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. (130:5-6)

“The earth sees and trembles” and David waits. You reign, O Lord, yet I struggle to wait for You. I fret, but David says that he waited patiently for You and You leaned into listen and heard him. Help us, Lord; help me. “I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in” (1 Kings 3:7). If Solomon didn’t know how to conduct himself, how much more, Lord, do I need to wait, seek Your face, and watch.

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness… (2 Peter 3:9)

Your plans, Father, are perfect in every way, and the only slowness with which we can charge You is in Your mercy toward us, which does not run out and which is patient with us, even when we are not patient with You. In the stillness, You are there, and how beautiful it is to listen!

So what do I do in the mean time? “Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness” (Psalm 37:3). It won’t be easy. It rarely is in our culture, but I can’t think of anyone more trustworthy. He never fails. He transcends time and is already in the future that I strain to understand. Father, meet us in the quiet places. Hear our cries to You. Answer us in undeniable ways and surprise us. Give us eyes to see Your orchestrations. Light up our worlds with Your works. Inspire us to reflect Your glory.

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