Monday, after work, I went to WalMart to pick up the groceries I had purchased online. When I arrived, I checked in online and then I waited. And waited. And waited. After waiting about twenty minutes in my hot car, a woman pulled up next to me. It seems as soon as she pulled up, a Walmart employee was there to get her information.
I rolled down my window and in my “teacher” voice informed the employee I had been waiting for twenty minutes and no one had spoken to me. I was next.
I don’t like to wait.
Later that night I was reading in Isaiah and was reminded of this scripture:
“But those who wait on 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 NKJV
I feel asleep meditating on that scripture.
When I woke up, that scripture was still on my heart. I told God, “When I wait, I don’t feel renewed. I feel frustrated.”
You see, my WalMart impatience also rears it’s ugly head when I’ve been waiting on a promise but it seems everyone around me is getting their breakthrough and I’m still waiting. It pops up when God seems quiet, dreams are deferred, and nights are long. I don’t like to wait.
God replied, “You feel frustrated, because you are not waiting on me.”
Confused, I asked, “Who am I waiting on?”
“You are waiting on things, events, outcomes. You are waiting on your needs to be met. You are waiting on groceries. To wait on Me is to longingly anticipate Me, to expect Me, to look for Me.”
Then He said, “Today, let me show you how to wait on Me.”
Honestly, I was somewhat leery of this invitation. I envisioned my day being filled with traffic jams and interruptions as God taught me “patience “. But I submitted because I know God is good and He has good things in store for me.
You know what happened? Yesterday was amazing. Throughout the day, God revealed seven principles on how to wait on Him. How to be renewed and not frustrated. How to be strengthened and not weary as we wait. How to walk with joy, anticipation and enthusiasm as we wait.
For the next seven days, I plan on sharing what God revealed to me on how to change my perspective and truly wait on Him. I invite you to join me on this journey.
But today, my blog family, I would like to leave you with this one question:
“Are you waiting on God or are you waiting on groceries?”
Tune in tomorrow as we continue this discussion.