Once again today MOM and I helped out a dog who is learning to be a SAR dog. I have mentioned before how much both MOM and I enjoy doing this. This time the scenario was MOM, me, and Bert's Vickie (Bert still had to stay home to heal up) set off together. At some point we separated, Vickie went one way and me and MOM went another. The SAR dog was to find Vickie, not us. My MOM takes this real serious. We hiked up a huge hill then followed a trail, then cut into some REAL THICK brush, trees, tall grasses and at times swampy area. Oh Dog was it fun! But every so often MOM would stop and make me stop, and we would wait, and wait, and wait. I get a little impatient waiting, I want to romp around and find my own way out. On one of the times we were just WAITING MOM told me this scripture: Psalm 130:5-6 "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." Then she asked me what I thought it meant, what can all of us learn from those words. I'll tell ya what I came up with after you watch, if ya want, this video of me and MOM waiting.
I think this is a pretty important exhortations, to “wait on the Lord.” Even though God promises special blessing for waiting, waiting is one of the most difficult things to do. And as I sat there waiting, I think I know why. We are so prone to take matters into our own hands, to follow our own schemes. Yet, we are told in Scripture “wait on the Lord.”
I admit I don't like to wait and when MOM tells me to wait I say, “Wait? That’s what made the bridge collapse!” hehehhehe. Of course, that’s weight, not wait. But you know what? These two words, weight and wait are not always unrelated because one of our needs in waiting on the Lord is the need to cast the weighty burdens of life on our Creator.
My funny about the bridge expresses our normal dislike for waiting, especially in our “I want it now!” society. Ours is a society that has grown accustomed to immediate gratification, there are many things immediately at our fingertips or at our paws.
Even in this age of conveniences, waiting is still a big part of life. When you think of waiting, what comes to mind? You might conjure up visions of an airport terminal, a doctor’s waiting room, the line at the supermarket, or being stuck in rush hour traffic. Or in my case waiting to be found or waiting for a treat. The facts are, most are waiting for something most of the time. What are you waiting for?
The simple fact is life is full of waiting. And one of the most challenging exhortations of Scripture is “Wait.” But waiting, despite our impatience and our dislike for it, is a vital element in life. Indeed, waiting has a number of benefits. I'm curious, what do you think the benefits are?