Psalm 27:14: “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”

Nobody is born patient. Patience is best expressed in the ability to wait. For that, we all have to grow up. Imagine telling a crying baby to wait – food is just around the corner. A baby doesn’t understand. A baby wants food now! Whining on the freeway when there is an hour’s delay, we’re all behaving like babies.

It takes strength to wait.

It sometimes takes guts to wait.

And at all times hope will help us out.

In fact, I don’t believe patience is possible without hope. We lose hope, we usually also lose our patience. The trick is not to nourish false hope. If we’re betting on the wrong horse, chances are, we’re going to be sorely disappointed. I believe one of the things the psalmist is getting at is not to wait for any old thing – but to wait for the Lord.

I’m a pusher by nature. I work hard, want to get things done and thrive on accomplishments without dwelling too much on them because I’m already pursuing the next project. I may exhibit patience at work because I love to work. I’m into details. I’m thorough. So I may fool some people into thinking I have all the patience in the world. – Well, no, not really! I’m only patient with the things that I like to do. I have little to no patience with the things I hate doing, such as repairing my bike for instance. I leave that to my husband.

Does that make me an impatient person? Maybe! Or maybe we’re all impatient at the core and we all have to choose to be patient.

Honestly, I think that patience can’t be learned, it has to be chosen every waking moment. I choose to be patient, because I know better. I choose to wait on the Lord because I know He will come through for me.

Choosing the Lord, we choose life. Choosing the Lord, we choose to wait on Him. Remember, we’re not choosing our circumstances, but we can always choose the Lord.

“But those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint” – Isaiah 40:31

Isaiah 64:4: “Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him”

We have a family member whose name is Patience, and I often thought if that was my name, I would have a hard time living up to it. In general, I am not good at “hanging in there”. Sometimes I make rash decisions just to keep things going. We can probably all relate – more or less, depending on our patience meter.

Waiting on the Lord, Isaiah must have gone through similar frustrations. In his book he wrote (Isaiah 64:1):

“Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
    that the mountains would tremble before you!”

In other words: “Please, God, do something, will you?”

God does not run on a human time schedule. Heaven and Earth cannot contain Him – and this also means He is not subject to Earth time. So why are we surprised when God does not show up on our watch? It is in His nature to show up unexpectedly.

There is no way that our finite minds can even begin to grasp our infinite God, and yet there is one thing we can always default to when nothing else seems to make sense: God is good. It is important to keep this in mind as we wait for Him.

Here is another way to look at it: God is never boring. We have subscribed to a discovery channel of a very special kind when we decided to walk with God. It takes an entire eternity to get to know Him.

In many ways our relationship with God reminds me of a human love relationship. Despite the intimacy level we may reach, there is always a certain degree of mystery involved. Nobody is completely predictable. Why? God made us; I would say that some of His mystery must have rubbed off on us.

Remember that God acts on our behalf. In His own good time He will come through for us. Believing in Him makes the time we spend waiting all the more sweeter.

Psalm 62:1: “I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him.”

The other day, I had to wait 50 minutes on the phone to get connected and speak with a representative. If someone tells me to wait, I know I have to equip myself with patience.

Technology has made worldwide exchange of information fast and efficient. We get to distant places faster, and we receive the latest news in a blink of an eye. Meanwhile, it’s no surprise that we’ve come to expect everything to be available on demand.

A great example is our “snail mail”. The postal service has to go through quite a bit of processing to get a letter out while emails can be mailed simply via mouse click. Letters are out, emails are in. Actually, emails are no longer in, texting is. If we want immediate attention (in most cases we do), texting is the more common approach. Since people carry their phones with them at all times, chances are, they will open the message sooner. Emails are now the new snail mail.

Sounds a bit pathetic, doesn’t it? Are we aware of how impatient we have become?

Some things, actually a lot of things that matter to us, don’t come on demand. There are special needs that cannot be met in a moment’s notice. We will know what we find worth waiting for.

Obviously, there is no button pushing involved when it comes to engaging with the Almighty. Also with people the success of button pushing is short-lived. We will strain our relationships if we keep it up. Impatience can literally destroy relationships.

Sometimes it’s a good idea to just step out the door and witness some scenery. Nature runs its cycles. Flowers bloom and trees grow fruit in certain seasons, flocks of birds fly in and leave when their time comes. All this is a reminder that our lives are bound to go through different seasons. We need to recognize and appreciate them.

A person pressured and lacking rest will soon become depressed, while a person at rest will certainly be blessed. Getting in touch with the Almighty is a basic need. We’ve got to get out of the box. Victory is one of the many blessings coming our way when we know how to rest. Backing off does not necessarily mean we give up. It can mean we hand things over to God and wait for His input before making a crucial decision.

Dare to stand aside and wait for the Lord. You’ll be surprised.

“Well I think it’s fine, building jumbo planes
Or taking a ride on a cosmic train
Switch on summer from a slot machine
Yes, get what you want to if you want
Cause you can get anything
I know we’ve come a long way
We’re changing day to day
But tell me, where do the children play?” – Yusuf Islam aka Cat Stevens