We Wait with Hope

posted on November 30

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
for with the Lord is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.
Psalm 130:5-7

Wait…I was told to do this quite a bit growing up and it really annoyed me…I don’t wait well.  Then to my dismay, I discovered that I gave the same instruction to my children, who wait as poorly as I do.  Waiting is a part of life, no getting around it, but it is especially mandated in the Christian life.  According to one resource, “wait,” “waited,” or “waiting” is found 114 times in the Bible. I don’t do wait well.  For me, I have learned that waiting goes hand in hand with trusting, as Psalm 130:5 reminds me.  If I trust the Lord then I have to wait on Him to answer the prayer that I have offered Him.  The wait from my offered prayer to my answered prayer is long and tedious and frustrating.  I don’t do wait well.

It is the farmer, oddly enough, who inspires me to wait with hope.  Farmers work long hours cultivating their fields, with planting, and daily nurturing of their crops. They then trust that God will provide the right combination of rain and sunshine to produce a bountiful harvest.  Expectation with hope is a farmer’s crucial tool in his farming.

The first week of Advent invites us to wait with hope and expectation of the coming of Christ Jesus. A time to remember to trust that God provides…all ways, all times.

May the promise of Christ’s coming again fill you with HOPE as you trust in Him.

I don’t do wait well but this first week of Advent “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.”

We wait with hope…come Lord Jesus, come.

Celebrating with hope,

Kim Eller, District Lay Leader
Northern Piedmont District 

We Wait with Hope
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