Remember what it was like as a child waiting for your birthday or Christmas morning to arrive? Sleep was hard to come by and the anticipation, agonizing. Yet, despite our anxiety in the wait, both came. We didn’t have to “do” anything to make them come, they just did.
As adults, we have anxiety over other things: family, children, health, bills, etc. We wait for our ship to come in, for God to answer prayer, for life to get better. We forget God is in control–that He loves us and hears our cries. We forget He promises in all things He WILL work for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). Instead, we replace anticipation with fear, anxiety, and doubt. And because of that, sometimes–just sometimes–we jump ahead, on our own, without waiting for Him.
Scripture promises those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. Those who wait will mount up with wings as eagles. Those who wait shall run, and not be weary. Those who wait shall walk, and not faint. Waiting means to anticipate, with joy and certainty, that God will come through for us. It means trusting in God and not in ourselves.
LORD, it is so difficult to wait with confidence. To wait without being anxious. And because of this I ask you help me learn how to wait, so when the waiting is over I can bask in the renewal of Your strength. Teach me how to keep my eyes on You and not on my circumstances. Hold me close. Take away my anxiety of tomorrow and replace it with the anticipation of knowing Your promises WILL be fulfilled. Thank you for all You’ve done and are about to do. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.