Food for the Soul ~ Psalm 27:14's not easy to do, is it? It seems like so much of our lives are spent in these holding patterns of waiting. We wait in line at the supermarket and we wait in traffic. We wait to get the results of the tests that were done and we wait to get that phone call about the new job. For those brave enough to go to Disneyworld, you wait in long lines for hours for a ride that is 29 seconds of terrifying bliss (unless you pay for the speed passes). Sometimes it is excruciating to wait, especially when you are anxious about the outcome of the anticipated answer.

God's Word tells us that waiting shouldn't be a passive thing. When I am waiting for something to happen, I tend to just sit back and "worry" or fret over the outcome, becoming almost paralyzed by the uncertainty. The Bible reminds me that I am to wait by being strong and taking heart. How are we the strongest in stressful situations? Is it not when we know that God has overcome all things and is in perfect control of all our situations? Is it not when we humbly acknowledge that we are weak and it is only God's supernatural strength that pulls us through?

During these times of waiting...these trials, our faith is being tested. I love what James 1:2-4 says, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."  Our waiting has a purpose. It is to draw us closer to the One who created us and to make us more like Jesus.

I believe that all the waiting we do each and every day is a new opportunity to actively pursue the God who loves us so much and draw on His power and strength. It may not move us through the lines any quicker, but we can be an example of the joy that comes from a heart filled with the love of God.

Friend, whatever you are going through right now... whatever answers you are waiting for...I encourage you to wait with courage and take heart. Use the time while you are waiting to get to know this God who loves you so much that He sent His Son to die for you. He longs to be your Strong Tower and Refuge.


  1. Aah! So true! This reminded me of the Avalon song "The Greatest Story Ever Told". They sing of how our lives are a masterpiece, woven day by day into a beautiful design that God is working on.. Sometimes our impatience drives us to want to see the big picture all at once, and makes it hard to wait. You are so right - He uses those moments that we need to be still, and draws us closer. I have to remind myself that He's God - He sees a much bigger picture than I do, and there's purpose in the waiting. Thank you so much for sharing this! I needed to be reminded today!

  2. This is such a good reminder Nici. I do remember being nearly paralyzed with fear, waiting for a child to turn up. Haven't we all misplaced a child a time or two? ;) But yes, it's in those times of greatest need that we should turn to Him, and in all the other times too. I love the butterfly picture. Is that from your garden? And have they started charging for speed passes now? It's been a while since we took the kids to DW. Hope you had a wonderful week. I'm sure you're exhausted after the kid's camp!



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