Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret…Psalm 37:7

Waiting is so hard. Most of us have an aversion to it. We see what’s wrong, what needs to happen, we make a plan—let’s go! What’s the problem? There are so many elements of the situation that we can’t control. So we are forced to wait. This verse asks of us three impossible things in that waiting period. 1) Be still before the Lord; 2) Wait patiently for Him; 3) Do not fret.

            How are these three things possible at all? Well, consider the alternative. When I’m not still before the Lord in my waiting, what I’m doing is stressing out. Like Linda Dillow, in Satisfy My Thirsty Soul,” I feel like screaming: God, I just don’t get you! Why, why, why do You make people who love You wait? Why do You make people You say You love wait in anguish for so long?”  [Have you ever been there? Recipe for agony. Not peaceful. Not fun.] That kind of attitude sends us spiraling down. The answer? The next two things: wait patiently for God and do not fret. He is our Father. He, by calling Himself that, has assumed responsibility for our care, for our lives. He has a purpose. Looking to Scripture can give us the daily strength we need to keep trusting when we can’t see what’s going on.

            Psalm 34:14-15: But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord. I say, ‘You are my God. My times are in Your hand.’ Catherine Marshall suggests writing your prayers on egg-shaped pieces of paper and inserting them into your Bible. The egg shape is a visual reminder that there is a maturation process—that God is waiting for when the time is right. There may be an incubation period for some of our requests. God is working and developing situations even while nothing has “hatched.” Inserting them into a Bible symbolizes our giving them to our Father to fulfill in His own time and His own way. As we put them into His hands we are leaving them in His keeping.

            God uses the waiting process in our lives to teach us that His power is real and that He can answer our prayers without interference and manipulation from us. If we obey this verse—even when day after day we have to re-choose to do so—we experience astonishing spiritual growth.

   **What are you waiting on God for?

   **Write your requests on egg-shaped pieces of paper and give them to God.

God, You alone know the magnitude of the changes that have to happen before I can receive my heart’s desire. You alone know the external events that must take place before my prayers can be answered. I choose to trust You. My times are in Your hands. Give me the grace to be still before You and patiently wait.

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