Waiting On…?

Aaron is a very impatient “waiter.”  Not a “waiter” as in serving us but waiting as in wanting me to do something…NOW!  We often see this attitude in the evenings. That’s because every evening he and I watch a show.  Lately, it’s Little House on the Prairie.  Anyway, here is how the evening may very well go:

Aaron:  Mom, what time are we watching Little House on the Prairie?

Me:  Let’s watch it at 8:45.

Aaron:  8:45?

Me:  Yes.

Aaron:  OK!

But before long he will more than likely come back downstairs to find me.

Aaron:  Mom, let’s just watch it now!

Me:  No.  We’ll watch it at 8:45.

Aaron:  WHY??!!

Me:  Because I have some things to do and 8:45 is a good time for us to watch it.

Aaron:  But I want to watch it NOW!!

Sometimes Aaron can be appeased and convinced that 8:45 will come before he knows it.  Other times, however, he becomes frustrated and angry.  The waiting game is anything BUT a game at that point, for either of us. 

Sigh.

When we do sit down to the opening music of our program, Aaron is content.  He has his snacks beside him, his blanket over him, and all is well.  But it’s only well because he was waiting on an event that finally happened.

How I wish that he would transfer his waiting focus on me.  I wish he would trust ME to do what I said I would do and then rest in that fact instead of resting on actually beginning his show, with his snacks and his routine in place.

In my spiritual life, this is a lesson I am forever needing to refine. 

I find myself waiting on a “what” instead of waiting on “Who.”

Waiting on some prayed-for event instead of waiting on the One Who will bring the events in my life to pass as He sees best.

Do you ever pray for something to the point that the “something” you’re praying for becomes your focus?  I sure do. 

And that “something” is probably a very good thing.  But here’s the thing…I don’t know God’s mind about my “something” so I need to stop focusing on the event…the request…and focus instead on the One to Whom I am asking to fulfill that event.

Last night my focus became blurry, so I got out of bed and went quietly into the bedroom where I have my quiet-time desk. 

The word “wait” was on my mind.  I ended up in Psalm 25:4-5:

“Make me know Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths.  Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for You I wait all the day.”

God’s ways and His paths in this verse actually refer to God’s providence and to how God operates…how He deals with His people.  God doesn’t just want us to know His commands and requirements, but He wants us to know HIM. 

Dale Davis points out in his book In the Presence of My Enemies that God wants us to know more than His demands of us.  God wants us to know how He deals with us. 

And how does God deal with us, His children?  He leads us in His truth, which is better translated “in your faithfulness.” 

“So he seems to be praying that Yahweh will teach him how He is working in his case (v. 4) and to let him experience His faithfulness (v.5) as he goes on.”  (Davis)

Another nugget?  The Hebrew word for “wait” carries with it the idea of being entwined.  As I thought about this, I imagined myself knowing and trusting God so much that I, in a sense, am entwined with Him.  I am so wrapped up in God’s kind character and in His love that I rest in Him, not in my desires being fulfilled. 

The end of that passage says, “…for You I wait all the day.” 

Yes, our petitions are important.  Yes, God wants us to ask things of Him. 

But he also so often wants us to wait…patiently…while He works and while He shows us in that working His faithfulness and His love. 

God wants us to get to know Him better and in that knowing, to trust Him more.

May I not base my happiness on things to be as I want them to be.   

May I not wait for the event to occur before I am satisfied.    

May I instead wait on God..focus on God…and in that waiting, learn to trust Him and enjoy HIM more than the thing for which I am praying. 

Author: Patty hesaidwhatks

I'm Patty and I write about our adult son who has Epilepsy and Autism, who still lives with my husband and me, and who is a package full of many surprises and joys and challenges and TALK! Lots of talking, which creates laughter and some other reactions as well. I also write about how God shows Himself to me in everyday life.

23 thoughts on “Waiting On…?”

  1. Patty, you’ll never know how much I needed this today. Thank you so much for the lesson on “waiting on God.” I never noticed the “all the day” part either. Am I willing to wait that long? Am I going to trust God’s promises even if I have to wait all day for an answer? Wow. Thanks so much for pointing me in this direction this morning. God bless you and your sweet family. Hugs

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  2. Ahhh waiting is soooo challenging!!
    In the waiting we have such much opportunity to grow…knowing God better causes us to love Him more and than we get to reflect and echo that to others!❤️
    …and after all, scripture covers a lot in the areas of patience!! So thankful but it doesn’t mean I don’t still struggle!

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  3. I love this wonderful reminder. As I tossed and turned last night, why didn’t I get up and pray for peace? I lay in bed and prayed for peace, but maybe He wanted my full attention, to speak with me rather than just hear from me? Lesson learned! Thank you!

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    1. I don’t always get out of bed, either, Cecelia. On this night I hadn’t gone to sleep yet. Like you said, I also need to be more willing to get out of bed late at night and read my Bible when I’m bothered. Love and prayers, Cecilia, as you care for your aunt.

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      1. Thank you Patty. It’s been a hard week and yesterday we finally got her moved to a great little place. Unfortunately, she can no longer walk so staying with us is not an option. She truly is ready to go to heaven, but other than those old legs not cooperating she is in good health. Well, she has the beginnings of dementia too, but her body is strong. The silver lining about that is it seems the dementia has softened her heart a little. I keep telling her God is in control, but she also seems to think if I pray she goes to heaven, she should just go! So she will ask me “are you really praying?” If it weren’t so sad it might be funny. These conversations exchanged through a window at the rehab center. At this new place we are having her home phone transferred on Monday so I’m hoping for better chats without 100+ degree temps and wasps! So sick of this Covid (and Texas summers at this point too!). So many things to address and take care I fall asleep exhausted, but then I wake up worried I’ve forgotten something. If that happens tonight, I’m following your example! Thank you for always blessing us with your wonderful examples to take it back to the Lord. He is faithful!

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  4. This is so good, Patty! Our culture is one of waiting for the next great thing to happen; when those of us who are citizens of heaven need to remember that the Giver is always greater than the gift. It’s important to just BREATHE and pause. When we regain our peace, we regain our sanity, and our ability to focus on God our Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is at hand. The most wonderfully indescribable things happen when I’m looking to my source, and not stuff. Blessings to you and your family! ♥♥

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