Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Today, Pastor Shawn said we need to wait actively on God: "Do only what God tells you to do... gives you permission to do... has anointed you to do." Later this afternoon, Meredith Andrews came on the radio, telling the story that her song "Soar" was born after God had walked with her through a dark valley and it was waiting on Him that eventually allowed her to "rise up on wings as eagles."
One of my favorite verses, reinforced, explained, and emphasized twice in one day. God knows our needs! I am learning to seek God's will in His Word, and to prayerfully wait on Him to meet me at my point of Faith. Teach me, Lord, to wait!
"Prayer is not just about the answer; it's also about glorifying God in the process of waiting for the answer" (Weems, Awakening). As a teacher, this reminds me of how we spend years and years preparing our students for graduation - their official send-off into "the real world." To them, the years seem very long. Teachers, on the other hand, can see both into our students pasts and into their futures. In the same way, God allows us, as we walk with Him, to grow as we become equipped, preparing for His very real answers to our prayers. Our loving God wants to spend time with us, getting us ready for His answers that will come: "Let your patience grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing" (James 1:4).
The answers to our prayers may not come when we expect them, or when, in our mortal short-sightedness, we would like to see them answered, but God's timing is perfect. Our path is to walk with Him, thanking God for His process in us, and trusting in Him.