Waiting for the Lord
Testing…is this thing on?? So I never saw myself actually posting on this blog again. Ya know, life happens. But I was just scrolling through some old posts and the flood of memories and smiles that came from reading over what I’ve done over the past few years and what God has done in me, has inspired me to jump back in–at least this once hahah! ;)
The past four months have been quite the season for me. After feeling the Lord’s call to return home from serving in a Women’s Prison Ministry in Florida for 2 years, I came home to a much slower and not as exciting (no offense to my family!!) lifestyle than that to which I had been accustomed. I felt like I went from the mountain top to the valley almost instantaneously. BUT, I’m not here to drag you into the “pit” I was in, because God has taught me SO. MUCH. in the past few months. And that, my friends, (if any of you still read this blog haha) is what I wanted to share.
I’ve been memorizing and meditating on Psalm 130 this week, which has been a special passage of Scripture to me for the past year. The theme of HOPE seems to be recurring in my life lately, and that’s what this Psalm is about. It’s pretty short, so I’ll just paste it here:
“Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice!
Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared.
I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait,
and in His word do I hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than the watchmen for the morning;
Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is lovingkindness, and with Him is abundant redemption. And He will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.”
The part in bold is what I really want to focus on. In this season of drought, despair, lack of direction, etc. I’m realizing my hope should be in the Lord–not in a change of circumstance. And His Word is the source from which I draw that hope. That leaves one question: what does it look like to wait for the Lord?
God must know I’m a visual learner. I like a good story, illustration, or visual cue to aid in my understanding of a given point. Insert verse 6. The Lord compares our waiting on Him to the way a watchman waits for the morning. So how does a watchman wait for the morning? What does that look like?
The beautiful answer came to me this morning as I dwelt on the verse.
For some context, understand that in ancient times watchmen were in place around a particular kingdom or castle during the night to protect the area from invasion. Regardless of how tired they became or how aimless their waiting seemed, the watchmen waited for the morning (the time when their shift would end) because that was their duty.
When the night was long and cold, I believe the watchmen had to remind themselves that the sun would rise. Darkness would not abide forever. They believed this not because they could see the sun’s light or feel it’s warmth, but because that’s what the sun does and it has risen many times before.
We wait on the Lord the same way. It looks like believing that He will show up and shine through our circumstances, dark they may be, because it’s simply His nature, it’s who He is.
We may not see the light or feel the rising of the sun, but it would be foolish to doubt the fact that it will rise in the morning.
So, fellow watchman, be encouraged. As you stand guard and wait for that which you do not see, know that the Son will risebecause that’s what He was made to do.