Tomorrow my daughter, Kellie, will turn 12! This past week she has run out to the mailbox each day, hoping to find something addressed to her ~ anything… But there has been nothing but junk mail, grocery ads, and bills. None of which interested her in the least (I can’t imagine why!). Until today.
This afternoon, we had some errands to run. All the way home she kept saying, “I hope I get something in the mail today!”. I have to say, I was praying that she would receive something as well. I was beginning to think I had better put my card for her in the mailbox, just so she could find it there! When we pulled up to the house, she jumped out of the car, ran to the mailbox and I heard an audible squeal. Then another. Then an excited half-scream. She ran back to the car and said, “Mom, I got a card and a PACKAGE!!”. Cool ~ a twofer!
After we got in the house (she RAN up the back stairs to the door), she opened the card and found a check (happy Kellie!). Then she went for something to cut open the package. That’s when I had to slam on the birthday brakes and tell her that her Nana told me to make her wait until her birthday to open the package. She stopped in mid-step, turned around, and…
Me: “Yes, wait. Just until tomorrow. Nana wanted you to open your present on your special day.”
Kellie: “But Mom, it’s… it’s… it’s… KELLIE EVE!!”
Me: “Kellie Eve??”
Kellie: “Yeah, it’s like Christmas Eve, but it’s on the day before my birthday. You know!”
Obviously, this girl knows how to work it… But it didn’t work! Needless to say, she will be waiting until tomorrow to open her gift from Nana.
“Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord.” Psalm 27:14
“But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
There are times in our lives when waiting is so difficult. When a woman is waiting for her baby to be born. When you haven’t seem someone in a long time and they are coming to visit. When you have had a medical test and the results aren’t in yet. When a mom or dad is waiting for their child to step off the school bus on the very first day of school. When I have a toothache and the dentist can’t see me for 2-3 days (seriously??).
But God tells us to wait on Him. His timing is perfect. I need to be of good courage and HE shall strengthen my heart. This one really ministers to me. Last year, I began having some issues with my heart (PAC’s, PVC’s, & skipped beats). I have learned to wait on God and trust that He is the Great Physician. He truly can strengthen my heart, if that’s His will.
If we wait on the Lord, He shall renew our strength. How many times have we tried to make something happen, only to work ourselves to near exhaustion and then find that all our efforts didn’t do a thing? If I wait on the Lord, not only will He renew my strength, I will be able to do more than I ever could have on my own. Not only that, but His love will show through me if I am waiting on Him. When I am pushing things through my way, no one is going to see Jesus in me, they will only see pushy me trying to get my way. Not a pretty sight, I assure you. I would rather wait on Him to show me what He wants me to do, where He wants me to go, how He wants to use me to show His love to others. Sometimes I have a hard time waiting on Him, but I know that when I do, I will be blessed.
So, is the waiting the hardest part? Sometimes. However, is it for the better? Yes, when I am waiting on God.