I seem to have impatience in my DNA. WAIT—Holly Mueller‘s one-little-word for 2016—would probably be a good choice of a word for me one of these years.
In the spiritual realm we’ve been told quite plainly to wait for God—to reveal the next step, to act on our behalf, to bring about His desired result, to reveal His goodness, etc.:
“Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD” – Psalm 27:14 NIV.
“Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him…” – Psalm 37:7 NKJV.
“I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope” – Psalm 130:5 NIV.
“The Lord is good to those who wait for Him…” – Lamentations 3:25 NKJV.
We’ve also been told that God’s concept of time is not ours—as Moses reminds us in his psalm:
“For a thousand years in Your sight / Are like yesterday when it is past” (Psalm 90:4)
and Peter in his letter:
“But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8).
For us it’s hard to comprehend those 1000-year days!
We’re not the only ones to chafe at the need to wait. Old Testament characters Abraham and Sarah, for example, when promised a nation from their offspring (non-existent at the time: Sarah was barren) and after years of waiting, despaired of the promise ever coming true. They decided to substitute their own plan and Ishmael, son of Abraham and Sarah’s maid Hagar, was the result. What a lot of heartache that produced!
Personally, no matter how much I know the value of waiting for God’s timing, it’s something that continues to be a challenge for me live. I wrote about the subject of waiting a few weeks ago in response to a booklet I’m working through (“Illuminating the Threshold,” Jan Richardson’s 2015 Woman’s Christmas Retreat). I suppose you could call it me giving some advice to myself about waiting.
On the Threshold
I enter the house
automatically step up
over the threshold
You invite me in
as a polite host should
offer water, tea
Life’s transitions not
so accommodating, I’m
left on the threshold
Or in the foyer
Time to prepare
but for what, whom, when?—Relax
doors will open soon
It will come to pass
when time has reached its fullness
don’t twist the locked knob
Live the interlude
overture between movements
be fully here, now
Don’t chafe inaction
uncertainty of between
chat with others here
They may be angels
prologue emissaries sent
for your next chapter
© 2016 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)
This post is linked to Spiritual Journey Thursday, hosted by Holly Mueller at Reading, Teaching, Learning.
Scripture quotations marked NKJVV are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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March 10, 2016 at 7:49 am
“Live the interlude” …Three words ripe for a lifetime’s meditation-retreat! …And as if those words weren’t gift enough for one post, the ending “Don’t chafe inaction uncertainty of between chat with others here They may be angels prologue emissaries sent for your next chapter” is both consoling and convicting. Thank you for weighing in on the necessity of waiting. The consequences of impatience, of refusing to wait on the Lord, as you pointed out from the story of Abraham and Sarah, are weighty, indeed. As always, thank you for sharing your wisdom, making your insights and experiences pleasantly accessible through your posted prose and poetry. God bless you!
March 10, 2016 at 2:43 pm
“They may be angels.” Yes, we wait and wonder and hope.
March 11, 2016 at 3:49 am
The last two stanzas are so profound!
“Don’t chafe inaction
uncertainty of between
chat with others here…”
Our sermon was on Abraham and Sarah last week. I should have included that in my post! It’s such the perfect waiting/faith story!
March 11, 2016 at 6:03 am
“The Lord is good to those who wait for Him…” – Lamentations 3:25 plus “Live the interlude/overture between movements/be fully here, now.” are a perfect compliment for me to ponder. I am waiting for the Lord to intervene in my son’s life as He has done for my daughter but the wait is long and hard. Being fully here now is my constant hope as I wait between moments. Thanks for the the scripture and poetry, Violet.
March 11, 2016 at 10:41 am
What a great reminder. This line really resonated with me : “Live the interlude
overture between movements be fully here, now.” Waiting and being present in the moment seem completely opposed, but you reminded us how necessary it is. Thank you.