Right after I wrote my last post it seemed like my ability to wait was being tested. Our lives in Mexico have been filled with experiences of waiting, both good and bad. This past week has been filled with several bad experiences…issues with visa paperwork, issues with owning a foreign car, issues with things that are still back in the states. Some of it we have figured out and many issues we are still waiting to solve.
Have you ever had this type of experience – it seems like right as you are learning a lesson you are tested on how well you really understand it? God has a way of growing us, sometimes when we least want to grow.
I have been working on taking my own words to heart and waiting through it all with the beautiful, amazing faith of Mary and Joseph. Admittedly, sometimes I am successful and sometimes I am completely frustrated.
When I look at the Bible I realize just how often God has called people to wait on him. The word wait is used over 20 times in Psalms alone.
Here are just a few examples:
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.
We wait in hope for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
even as we put our hope in you.
Lord, I wait for you;
you will answer, Lord my God.
These verses repeat over and over again “wait for the Lord” – not wait for people, not wait for bureaucracy, not wait for it all to go your way, or wait for it all to be over – wait for the Lord.
I want to learn to answer as David did.
“But now, Lord, for what do I wait?
My hope is in you.