I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
and put their trust in him.

Psalm 40:1-3

 

These verses always held a lot of meaning for me, especially when I was going through long depressions. I learned that I had to wait patiently, trusting God. Trusting that he would lift me out of the mud and mire. It was a hard thing to do. But he always did lift me up.

All of us have times when we have to wait for what seems like an interminably long time for something that’s important to us. The patience we need can be hard to bear.

When we look at biblical figures we will see them facing such challenges too, though probably to a greater extent. Abraham was told he would be a father of nations but he couldn’t wait for God’s timing. He became impatient and took matters into his own hands, birthing Ishmael through his maidservant Hagar. (Genesis 16:1-4)

The Bible tells us about Moses who had to wait forty years to lead the Israelites from Egypt to the Promised Land. During those difficult years of waiting on God in the desert, he was transformed. (Numbers 12:3)

If we trust God, we can learn and grow while we’re waiting as well. When we stay close to God, we too can be transformed.

I had waited long for my first shipment of I Will Not Hide to arrive, only to learn it had been lost by the courier. And then, for days over the last week, I waited for the replacement books to arrive, desperately wanting to have a look at them. Wanting to have one in my hands.

Yesterday morning we had word they would be coming that very day. And I waited again, every hour wondering when they would arrive. Unable to leave home until they got here. I could think of nothing else. I could do nothing to take my mind off it. Very boring! They arrived at dinner time.

I Will Not Hide is important to me. It tells a story I have long wanted to tell. It’s a story I was relieved to have been able to finish.

Something I didn’t do well—but we all should—is to listen to God’s voice, as he spoke through David: “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14)

Strange how we forget.

marja