«I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord» (Psalm 27:13, 14).
When we talk about waiting, we generally use negative adjectives. We say that the wait is «agonizing,» «painful,» «unbearable.» There’s one exception: the sweet wait. When a woman is pregnant, we talk about the «sweet wait.» One of my best friends, Kim, just gave birth to her first child. Since she lives in Australia, she kept me up to date online and sent me photos documenting the growth of her little belly. It was an exciting process!
A pregnant woman looks forward to the day when she can hold her baby in her arms. There are vomiting, swollen feet, and sleepless nights, but we call all of that the «sweet wait» because it’s worth it. Imagine if we could live our spiritual life that way! We are all waiting for something: the fulfillment of a dream, a child, the realization of a call. . . Consider Joseph’s life (Genesis 37), Hannah’s (1 Samuel 1), or David’s (1 Samuel 16). They waited a long time before seeing the fulfillment of God’s promises, but their wait was not wasted time, but time invested. As we wait, our character develops just as roots grow under the ground or as a small body forms in the darkness of the belly.
«It seems that the Lord continually uses waiting as a tool to give us the best of his gifts,» wrote Catherine Marshall in Adventures in Prayer. Waiting is «a kind of acted prayer that is more often required and honored more often than I could understand until I saw the fabulous muscles of faith that this act develops.» Perhaps if we remember this, we could experience the wait with more sweetness and less despair. Waiting means doing push-ups with the muscles of faith which this act develops. Waiting is doing our part and trusting that God will do His. Waiting is annoying; it is like trying to find a sleeping position during the last trimester of pregnancy, However, it can also be sweet: sweet in our communion with God, sweet through His presence and companionship.
Dear Lord, I don’t understand Your time, You are eternal and you are never in a hurry. I see the months and seasons pass, and I despair. I want to be patient, but it’s difficult for me. Please perfume this wait with Your presence. Please help me grow in faith.