Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act.
What are you waiting for right now? Your coffee to kick in? Your kids to finish their breakfast? The traffic light to turn green? We are always waiting for something. Life just kinda moves like that, doesn't it? It's such a "hurry up and wait" world.
If you're like me, you go through periods of immediate deadlines and extreme urgencies, and then things calm down and you wait, and wait, and wait...
And, before we know it, the cycle repeats again.
Waiting for inconsequential things like a traffic light or the ding of a microwave isn't all that difficult; we're accustomed to those short waits. But, man, what about the major things? What about when you are single and waiting for the perfect mate? Or when you desperately want to start a family, and you are waiting for a pregnancy? Or when you are waiting on the doctor to call and deliver test results? What about when you are unemployed and waiting on a potential employer to offer you a job? Or, your waiting on the Lord to redeem a devastating divorce? Or waiting on a prodigal child to return to God?
I've been in many situations when the wait was almost unbearable. You know those times when you just want to eat a gallon of cookie dough ice cream, throw on your fat pants, and bury your head under a pillow until a sunnier day comes along? Yeah, those kinds of waits. What then?
In this digital day, we can streamline almost everything with the use of a smartphone application - from catching up on headlines, to making a grocery list, to adjusting the temperature of a room that is a continent away. It's so easy to want to wait upon the Lord with the same philosophy.
But, there's no app for that.
Waiting on the Lord is a discipline. Regardless of how advanced this age of technology becomes, God's Word will always hold true. When those moments of difficulty arise, the Bible says, "Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act."
Let's try not to solve it or simplify it, but instead, get quiet before God and rest in His impeccable timing. Wait.