Wait Upon The Lord


God’s timing is always perfect!  Anything that is premature hasn’t reached its full term and as you and I have witnessed, flowers before they fully bloom aren’t yet in its perfect and most beautiful stature. For it to reach such state, one can never force it, but we can wait.

Transformation is a process.  It is a process of change and in between changes is a bridge called transition.  As we progress in life, how we see a shift matters.  How we respond to not seeing what we’re believing matters.  It sometimes leads us to look at things with fear, fear of what will happen next that exposes us to feelings of insecurity.  It gives us a hard time letting go of what we have, what we know and who we know.  We love to be comfortable in our comfort zones never knowing that staying in it too long robs us of what God has in store for us.

I believe that it is not about what happens TO us that matters most, but what happens IN us.  How we respond to the things around us, facing these issues with a renewed mind, a thankful and a trusting heart causes us to move forward knowing that there is always HOPE for us.  A redemptive perspective that God is good, that He is committed to our good, that all things work together for our good and that something good is about to happen positions us to a life of peace, joy, and victory.

In our journey in life, there will be times when we need to wait, not just waiting for the answers to our prayers but more so waiting upon the Lord.  To wait means to stay in place until an EXPECTED event happens, until someone arrives, until it is your turn to do something, to remain in a state in which you EXPECT and HOPE that something will happen soon.  To wait is like a waitress in a restaurant anticipating, readily expecting, expectantly attending and watching out for diners to make a gesture or move.

I was once worshiping with an intention of inquiring in the midst of my time with Jesus.  As I was quoting this verse loudly …

“One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.”  Psalm 27:4 NKJV

I came to realize and found it best to behold His beauty before inquiry.  Hmmmm…for me, that was powerful.  Worshiping is waiting upon the Lord.  Worshiping is beholding His face.  Worshiping is mind-renewing.  Worshiping is resting. Worship is enduring.  Times of refreshing is found in His presence while worshiping.

When we get consumed in His presence, the atmosphere around us changes, our thoughts change, our hearts’ desires change, our intentions change and our perspective changes.

In worship, I was influenced by Who He is, that in the midst of it, my  inquiry grew dim in the light of His presence.  Instead, His desires became mine and what I uttered in prayer was totally different from my own intentions.

Surprised?  Yes, I was … but I learned to wait on the Lord that day!  Waiting on the Lord is never passive but it is active.  It is an act of moving forward.  It may not seem moving before our very eyes but He is moving behind the scenes for us.

There is a time to wait, a time to rest in His presence, a time to run the race that He has set before us and a time to release and declare what needs to be spoken to manifest.

“But those who wait on 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.”   Psalm 40:31

Photo Credits:  Julie Von Ins

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