I attended summer camps as a child, every year. One camp stands out in my memory. It wasn’t the quiet woods, or peaceful lake, or the serenity that surrounded the grounds that caught my curiosity–it was a simple sign hanging in the chapel in the woods. The sign read: Psalm 62:5 “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.” I read that sign every year, and every year I thought, “Couldn’t they have found something better to put up than a verse about waiting? There are plenty of other verses to choose from!” As a child, there isn’t much worse than having to “wait your turn” or “wait until you are bigger.” Waiting wasn’t fun!
As adults, we still all hate to wait– and we all have to wait on something every day. We stand in endless lines, sit in heavy traffic, and are delayed on conference calls. Sometimes we just can’t wait for a tiring day to be over. Whatever the reason, waiting is definitely a part of life and to wait patiently–well; that just goes against our very nature!
We wait every day for something; let us also learn to wait for Someone.
Whether as a child or an adult; often the value of learning to wait patiently and expectantly for God is not immediately evident to us. But it is only in stillness that we can hear God. It is in the quietness that He teaches us how to hope in Him. If we rush through life, we will miss Him. We will miss out on His strength, love, wisdom and confidence that only He gives. We will also miss out on His plans for us. His plans are always better.
“And the LORD came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant hears.” Then the LORD said to Samuel, “Behold, I am about to do a thing in Israel at which the two ears of everyone who hears it will tingle…” (1 Samuel 3:10-11 ESV)
Further reading: Romans 15:13; Lamentations 3:25-26; Isaiah 64:4