“God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God.” [Lamentations 3:25-26]
I love one of the ways that the word “waiting” is defined in the dictionary. The verb waiting can be defined as “in attendance, as upon a royal personage”
This definition speaks of something more, something bigger than just a passage of time, just sitting around until something expected happens. I just finished Beth Moore’s Esther bible study a few weeks ago (I would recommend it to anyone—it’s one of her best) and one of the biggest themes is what God is doing behind the scenes that you can’t see.
In my own life I have definitely struggled with this idea of waiting, of really trusting that God has something under control. I tend towards action, and as someone who can also be impulsive and emotional this can really get me into trouble. As I was going through some really tough stuff a few months ago, there were times where I got down on my knees in my room and just literally cried to God “what do you want me to do?” And sure enough, God’s answer? Nothing.
“So let’s get this straight, God…you want me to do nothing? I can’t just do nothing!”
I would challenge you to think of a harder request than that. When you’re doing nothing, the minutes inch by. A day seems like an eternity. Time seems wasted and every opportunity to grasp some sort of control of the situation seems to slip from your fingers.
But, here’s the truth. When God asks you to do nothing, it’s because He is up to something. In Esther, Beth offers this idea that when we are waiting for something, it is not really the thing that we are waiting for. We are waiting on God. We are waiting on our Creator, the Almighty, the one who holds the entire world in His hands, who knew us since the beginning of time and knows where each of our steps is going to lead us. So, next time God makes this impossible request of us to do nothing, remember that He is surely up to something.
So we aren’t just waiting, we are in attendance of royalty—for our King acts on our behalf, and he always does exactly what needs to be done at exactly the right time.
*title lyrics: Fleet Foxes [Montezuma]