“Wait, Israel, for God. Wait with hope. Hope now; hope always!” Psalm 131.3
In times of crisis, goal deliverables due yesterday, or uncertainties I find myself following one credo. If in doubt, do something, make a mess. The cliches say that it is better to fail trying to do something than fail by doing nothing. Every hormone in my body tells me that sitting still will be fatal.
Waiting must be the most difficult assignment. I can remember waiting in the delivery room for the arrival of Carli and Whitney. Clearly, they had their own schedules. In retrospect, I realize there was little I could do in these situations to help. Much to my frustration, no action I could take would speed up the process! My job was to wait and wait with hope!
Daily I find myself, along with many others, looking for a new event or outcome. I want to take on the challenge of getting results. I strive to pull my fair share of the load. I assume my piece of the puzzle. Maybe I act when I do not need to. Maybe I am following a path of my own making with results that will mirror my own abilities to succeed.
If I take a hard look a wide range of questions come up. Do I trust anyone else to set a path for me? Do I believe anyone else can really help? Am I the final judge on what is the best way to achieve the priorities of my life I hold most valuable? Am I willing to let go of things that are not important but that may make me look good?
Exercising faith is a very tough assignment because you cannot hedge your bet. Either you have faith and demonstrate that faith in your decisions and actions, or you do not. The evidence for and against God is all around us. Are we willing to examine it truthfully?
I am. You should.
My answer is in my decision of choice. Wait for God. Wait with hope, now, always!