Patience

WHILE WE WAIT

“Waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting the heart to God about it whenever it intrudes upon one’s thoughts.” Elisabeth Elliot

Waiting is so hard and there is no stage in life where it’s not required.

We’ve all witnessed a toddler’s tantrum as they engage in a battle of wills with their parents over a simple toy. They want it now but it’s not their turn.

I recently watched a grown man throw a similar tantrum on the interstate when waiting sent him into a case of road rage.

You’d think we would learn over the years how to handle waiting with the amount of experience we have with it huh?

Perhaps we’re not really taught how to wait. Clearly, it doesn’t come natural and must be learned.

Elisabeth Elliott’s quote reminded me that waiting requires some things.

  1. Willingness to bear uncertainty
  2. Carrying within oneself the unanswered question
  3. Lifting the heart to God about it when it intrudes upon our thoughts

What uncertainty and unanswered question are you carrying today?

Mine is regarding my son’s illness.

Last week we planned a trip out of state for a second opinion regarding Elijah’s care. After a long talk with his pediatrician the day before we planned to leave, we came up with a plan that allows us to receive the same second look here. So, now we wait for another appointment as we also wait for his second endoscopy and biopsy on July 18th.

From the looks of it, at least from the perspective of the medical professionals, we are dealing with a chronic illness.

But I want a quick fix. I want to put my finger on the problem and fix it.

Now.

I fight the urge not to throw my own tantrum at times. I don’t like the word – chronic.

It intrudes upon my thoughts; it requires me to wait. It requires my son to wait.

Psalm 27:14 admonishes:

Wait on the Lord. Be of good courage, and he will strengthen thine heart: wait I say on the Lord.

The Hebrew word for wait is qavah which means:

-the straining of the mind in a certain direction with an expectant attitude. A forward look with assurance.

I lift my heart to God today. I look to him with full assurance not only on my son’s behalf but for whatever uncertainty you face as well.

Rest assured beloved that he will give each of us great courage and strengthen our hearts while we wait.

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