Thursday, May 24, 2012

Bible Verse Thursday Challenge #30 ~ Waiting

“I wait for the Lord. My soul waits, and in His Word I put my trust.” ~ Psalm 130:5

There’s a song on the radio (Everlasting God, by Lincoln Brewster) that has the line, “Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord.”

The truth is, I’ve never found much strength in waiting on the Lord, or anything else or anyone else, for that matter.  I’m not a “waiting” kinda girl. I’m a go-go-go kinda girl.  Let’s go. Let’s do it. Let’s get it done. Whatcha waiting for?

If you’ve spend any time at all in relationship with God you’ve probably noticed that’s not His nature.  God tends to take His time.  For people like me, waiting on God’s timing is counterintuitive. It’s uncomfortable. It feels painfully slow. And in weak moments, it causes doubt.

In moments of waiting, do you ever wonder, “God could fix this NOW. Why doesn’t He?” I do.

The truth is, the wait is never about God. God doesn’t need more time. It takes no effort for Him to “fix” things, to “perfect that which concerns us,” as Psalms 138:8 puts it.

The wait is always about us.  We need more time to learn about God’s nature. To learn more about the parts of our personalities that need some growth. (Like patience, ahem.)  To see how God’s way is always, always better than our way, so that we can, in turn, learn to lay down our own will and seek His instead.  It’s not always a comfortable process, but it is always beneficial.

I know my walk with God, just like my leadership, can be graceless and goofy at times. Because the truth is, I can be graceless.  And goofy.  And impatient.  I can have a really, really hard time with the wait. But God is showing me how to not just to wait but also to watch, to keep my eyes on Him and watch Him do something even better than what I was praying for.

And every time God proves Himself faithful, I, in turn, get a little bit stronger. And someday soon I will sing, “Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord!” and actually mean it.

Your challenge this week is to use this scripture or another verse that reminds us to wait upon the Lord.  When uploading your project, please use keyword ODBDBVT30 and then hop over to Our Daily Bread Designs Forum and share your work with us!

Here's my sample for this week:

Cardstock:  Truly Yours – White Card Base; Bazzill - Cocoa
Designer Paper:  DCVW – The Mariposa Matstack
Stamps:  Our Daily Bread Designs – Scripture Collection 9
Inks, Stains and Paints:  Memento – Rich Cocoa; Colorbox Chalk Ink – Chestnut Roan, Yellow Ochre; Gellyroll Pen – Clear Star
Dies, Punches & Embossing Folders:  Spellbinders – Labels 4, ODBD exclusive – Elegant Ovals
Accessories & Other Stuff:  Celebrate It –White Satin Ribbon (hand-dyed), Wild Orchid Flowers


1 comment:

  1. Beautiful card, and beautiful post!! Needed that message! Thanks, Cheryl. You're a blessing!


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