For most of my 20’s and 30’s I couldn’t sit still. I was a doing machine. Those were the days of attempting to balance mothering, working, and being a wife and keeping a house. Somehow through that period we also spent time with friends—doing things.
Then a shift began to take place. I became able to sit for long periods of time: reading, watching TV, or more recently trolling and scrolling on the internet. One must create a social presence.
Almost two years ago, I got a FitBit. And I started to move. My wrist companion even reminds me to move every hour. Many complain about that feature, but I love it! If I sit for too long I get stiff and have difficulty moving when I need to. The result has been a renewed dedication to moving, and setting goals for quantity and quality of movement. I have become disciplined—and it feels good.
I wonder if I could set a reminder to think about God.
Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him (Psalm 62:5, NLT).
Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. (Isaiah 30:18, ESV)
He asks no less of us than he would do for us.
PRAYER: God, I want to live like you. Teach me to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly after you. Amen.
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31, ESV)
I love the image of the soaring eagle: strength, power, all things positive.
I’m thankful, though, God through the prophet made sure to include those who run, and those who walk.
For the truth is: I don’t always soar. Sometimes I feel weary and faint. And that’s when I cling to this promise.
Life is not a sprint. We’re in this for the long haul.
The good news is when we “wait,” we will find all the strength, power, and ability to face whatever is at hand.
The Hebrew concept used here is one of cords intertwined like rope. The prophet wants us to understand how our strength will come as we weave God more completely into our lives.
This is intentional. It takes time and effort.
But it’s worth it.
Don’t just wait…wait on God.
PRAYER: God of strength who wants to strengthen us. Nudge us, draws into ways that weave you more thoroughly into our lives. Amen.