By: Carole L. Haines
All the days of my struggle I will wait
Until my change comes. (Job 14:14b)
Waiting is one of the hardest things to do. Traffic jams make me crazy. But when I am with my husband, they make him crazy, because I will do anything to get out of one. I will meander through city streets trying to get around a jam. I will avoid them at all costs. I leave super early and I always go the back way, anywhere I go, because I can’t stand traffic jams. Waiting is hard. Bruce once commented that he thought that part of why I may hate them so much is my struggle with Claustrophobia, fear of small places.
But as I was in my Bible reading this morning the concept of waiting on the Lord came up. As I was reflecting and journaling, I realized something. Here is what I wrote:
When I focus on the act of waiting, it can create a sense of impatience within me. Such as seeing it as waiting ON the Lord or waiting FOR the Lord. But if I choose to shift my focus to be waiting WITH The Lord, it becomes relational because spending time WITH God is a joy.
I don’t know if that will make sense to you, but when focusing on the traffic jam, I get so frustrated, but if I just chat with Bruce and focus on something else, I enjoy his company and I get through the Jam seemingly sooner and certainly with a better attitude.
All the days of my struggle I will wait until my change comes.
When we are waiting, we never know how long the wait will last. The same is true in Waiting on the Lord. So I am going to consciously try to shift my focus from now on to seeing myself as Waiting WITH the Lord, enjoying His company, growing in my relationship with Him. I’m so grateful God showed me this while journaling this morning. Hope that blesses you as much as it has me.