“But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.” -Micah 7:7 (NIV)
Waiting is hard. How easily do we give ourselves to worry whenever we are placed in a situation where we are unexpectedly obligated to wait? It is at these times that we constantly bombard ourselves with questions. What is going on? Is everything okay? Can we still hope in the possibility that everything will work out according to plan? Perhaps what frustrates us most is that this period of waiting has placed us in a seeming state of helplessness. When it appears that we must resign ourselves to the practice of patience, it makes us feel that we have no control whatsoever over those areas of our lives that we wish to have under our control; thus resulting in much anxiety and stress.
The truth is that in our own human capabilities we cannot control the world around us. As much as we would like to, we must accept the fact that we cannot control our own destiny, and if we could, we would most likely bring ourselves to the doorstep of destruction. But thankfully we have someone who is greater than our limitations and who wants to serve as our guide. When we personally accept the redemptive sacrifice of Christ and allow him to dwell within our hearts, we enter into a restored relationship with Him. This is characterized by a dependence on His perfect will and loving providence. Why then do we worry when we have someone who promises to take care of our very need? Is it because we refuse to give up control over our lives and stubbornly trust in our fallible wisdom? If we try to impatiently and impulsively master our circumstances, our efforts will be rendered futile. But it is only in waiting upon the Lord that we are filled with his peace and joy knowing that it is He who commands our destiny according to His good and perfect desires for our lives.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.