The Art of Waiting
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. Isaiah 40:31
There is so much beauty enveloped in the surrender to waiting. It’s like the butterfly who is being developed in the covering of the chrysalis. In the waiting, you can not see the great transformation and growth that is taking place underneath the covering. It is only when the wait is over and the butterfly emerges that you can see the strong and newly developed wings designed to fly. Just like the butterfly in waiting, there is new strength, beauty and development that takes place within us while we wait. The new found strength is what equips us to move toward the direction of our calling which is where we will soar with new wings. There are great rewards in waiting for new strength, growth and development to come!
However, despite knowing all this, it does not make waiting easy. Especially, waiting on the Lord. The Lord prefers waiting and waiting on Him can be very hard. To the one waiting, it can feel more like a time of testing and trials rather than peace and rest. But as Paul writes to encourage us, there are also benefits to hard times and difficulties. He writes, “knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us (Romans 5:3-5).”
There are great benefits to waiting and there are also great benefits to the difficulties that come with it. The promise is new strength, new power, movement, perseverance, character and hope; which does not disappoint. All of this simply because He loves us and desires for us all to mount up with wings and soar! So perhaps instead of despising it, we should embrace it like the butterfly and learn to love and appreciate the art of waiting for its beauty, strength and power to transform.