Waiting on the Lord

In just a few short weeks (or sooner, only God knows) I will be welcoming my second child into the world. There are times when it feels like the last 9 months have flown by, but more recently it feels like the days are dragging on as we anxiously await the day of the exciting arrival.  Waiting is the worst – it really is.  I thought to myself, “Maybe scripture has something helpful to say to me about waiting that I can hold onto and prayer about.” And so off I went to search for scripture passages about waiting.  Of course scripture is a wealth of unbelievable hope and consolation where we can turn at any point in our lives to help guide us and find support and encouragement from God’s Word.  However, as I was looking up scripture passages about waiting I also stumbled upon this passage from Genesis 29:20, “So Jacob served seven [more] years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.” When I read that I didn't so much find comfort, but rather found myself thinking, “Jacob was insane.” So I kept searching for a passage that could speak to me more truthfully since I have only been waiting 9 months and it certainly hasn't felt like a few days no matter how much I love the little person growing within me. 

 

I found these two passages the most helpful to me…

Psalm 27:13-14, “I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”

And…

Isaiah 40:28-31, “28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.  He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless.  Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for 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.”

I know I’m not the only one who is waiting right now.  Individually all of you are probably waiting for something – a new job, some good news from a doctor, school to end or college to begin, and so many other things. But I also know that as a church family we are anxiously awaiting the call and arrival of a new installed pastor. It is incredibly exciting that the Pastor Nominating Committee has been approved and they will begin their important work this summer! While we wait I want to encourage each and every one of you to pray for the PNC as they go about their work and discernment. This is an exciting time and I am sure that God has big things in store for our congregation. I find hope in the truth that God has led this congregation for over 200 years and so as we take this next step God is right there with us promising to guide and protect us. For our part we need to have faith in the Lord and wait on the Lord!