Ready To Wait

Psalm 51:1–12; Isaiah 30:15–18; Hebrews 4:1–13

This passage from Isaiah was written for me. It sounds like my life. “Lord, help me figure this out.” “Wait.” “Argh! It’s too much! I’ve got to do something!” “Wait.” “I can’t ! It’s too much!” [time passes] “Well, THAT was a stupid decision.” “I did say, .”

I’m sure it’s just me. I’m certain that God has never told you to , and then some more. I’m the only one. Right?

This, of course, is not to direct ing at all times and in all places, but only when God says to. Then God adds the hard part, ing in quietness (i.e., trust) and peace. The linchpin, however, is when to move.

There was a time, many years ago, where I could sit or lay awake quietly for hours. Now? I’m often just a jumping bean in a can.

Waiting is an art. Waiting in quietness and peace is a gift.

Sometimes, we just won’t . There can often be good (so we think) reasons. There are other times that we just cannot think beyond ourselves or the hour at hand. Despite all the bad that can happen when we don’t , God still promises to be there when we are to in his embrace.

Rest can be defined as many things. The author of Hebrews talks about the ultimate that is beyond this life but can be experienced as a foreshadow in this life. There is always another until the final one.

There can also be many types of . This is important for often our ing is a form of ing.

An athlete can only train so much before their body needs to and recharge. Many of the most successful entrepreneurs and leaders take a “” (sometimes to start their day) just staring out a window. Introverts will often by avoiding people (guilty). As a person in a family of 5 introverts, I actually have no clue how extroverts (do they?). Perhaps the commandment to was directed at extroverts? Not that introverts don’t need to , too.

What we can confuse, however, is ing when we are to be ing (which often involves preparation) and ing (preparing often for the wrong thing) when we are to be ing.

The beauty of the Church Year (e.g., ) is the combination of and ing that are part of the plan. Not that many (even liturgical) churches do it completely, but the intent was to in God and for God.


  • Are you ing, ing, or ing and ing for God? How do you tell which one you are doing?
  • If you are ing, do you know what you are ing for? If you know you are ing, do you know how you will know to move?
  • If you are ing, what are you ing from? If you don’t know what you are ing from, are you really ing?


Lord, many of us feel that we have been ing together for over a year. While we were ing, many of us failed to . Help us to so that we are prepared for the coming storm of your Spirit. Amen.
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