The Art of Waiting!

The Art of Waiting!

Jeremy and Jake in Pumpkin PatchIn our book Jeremy’s Scarecrow, waiting was the hardest part of farming for Jeremy. When you live on a farm there is a lot of waiting for the crops to grow. In the waiting there are always things to do, but still Jeremy longed for his favorite crop, the pumpkins, to be ready for picking. When that time came the farm was full of activity because people came from the area to pick their pumpkins, run through the corn maze, and buy the yummy baked goods made by Jeremy’s family.

                  Jeremy didn’t mind waiting so much however when he was with his friend Jake the scarecrow. Together they would share the day’s sunshine or rain. Quietly they would sit together in the field and enjoy each other’s company. Waiting alone is rarely fun. However if we believe the Bible we are never alone. God’s promise to us is that He is ever present in our life.

So how do we teach our children to wait? The Family Fun Guide in Jeremy’s Scarecrow has some very practical ways to help with that. What about us? How do we cultivate the art of waiting? The scriptures tell us those that wait on the Lord will renew their strength (Isa.40)

The Hebrew word for wait in that passage (Isa. 40:31) translates as “eagerly wait, expect, hope, wait patiently”.

It seems to me the only way to truly wait on the Lord is by trusting – having an expectation that He has our situation in His hands and a confidence the wait will be worth it. Can we teach our children that the wait in everyday things will be worth it?

One thought comes to mind that if we wait at a red light chances are it keeps us safe from other cars coming in another direction that could hit us. If we wait until the light changes when we cross the street it will be safe for us to cross. In this case we trust the light and that others will obey the signals.father and son praying

I once had a conversation with a dear friend and she said to me, “Melody, sometimes I think you trust your friends more than you trust God.” Ouch, I said. I thought quite a bit about that and came to a conclusion I knew my friends well enough that I could anticipate their responses and actions in different situations. We had done life together for a long time.

God on the other hand I could not put in a box saying in this situation I can expect this result. What I came to grips with was when things did not turn out as I had hoped I would be disappointed and unwilling to wait for the big picture God was going to paint for the good of all concerned in the situation. In fact God’s good did not always play out as what I deemed good.

However the word tells us in Romans 8: [28] And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

So do we believe that? Really? How do we know if we do? We observe how we wait. Isa. 40: 31: “Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary. “

Are you soaring or are you weary? May we learn to wait God’s way.



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