Julie Lyles Carr: Sunday Selah

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sunday Selah

I am still confident of this:
       I will see the goodness of the LORD
       in the land of the living.
  Wait for the LORD;
       be strong and take heart
       and wait for the LORD.
Psalm 27:13-14

We are a culture that hates to wait.

We bemoan a long wait in the line.

We complain about having to wait on the phone.

We despise waiting rooms and scoff at the term 'ladies in waiting.'


We don't like to be placed on a waiting list.

We don't want to have to wait something out.

And though we are often entered in this particular competition, very few of us enjoy playing the waiting game.

We are a mobile society, accustomed to zipping about. And waiting is all about staying in one place.

We find it frustrating.

And when we are in a season of spiritual waiting, it can be downright faith draining.

In the ancestral history of words, 'wait' finds its etymological DNA in an old French term meaning 'to watch.'

Watch. Wait.

Maybe that's the component we're missing when it comes to our modern waiting. Perhaps we're forgetting to watch.

To watch for what the Lord is doing while He has us in the waiting room. To watch for the smallest movement of His hand. To remember to pick up the magazines He keeps for us in the waiting room, that timeless periodical called the Word. Paying attention to our fellow waiting room patrons. Learning their stories. Watching their faces. Hearing with new ears the music piped into the waiting room, songs of remembrance, notes of praise. Watching the fidgeting of our hearts. Watching for signs of growth.

There are little signs around the spiritual waiting room, bits of profound graffiti printed on the walls:
 My soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.(Psalm 130:6)signed:  The Penitent Psalmist

Blessed is the man who listens to me,
       watching daily at my doors,
       waiting at my doorway.   For whoever finds me finds life
       and receives favor from the LORD.  (Prov. 8:34&35)
signed:  Wisdom

But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD,
       I wait for God my Savior;
       my God will hear me. (Michah 7:7)
signed:  the prophet Micah

Watch.  Wait.

To be in the spiritual waiting room is not static. Not if we are watching.

Watch. Wait.


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