In September our family is going to Disney World. I grew up in Orlando, and have been there more times than I remember. I’ll be honest, I’m not as excited as everyone else. Go ahead. Make all the comments you want about the, “Happiest place on earth.” I’ll be fine. It will be fun once we get there… I hope. I have visions of tired kids/parents and over-priced food and LOTS of waiting.
You do a lot of waiting at Disney World. I remember waiting hours to ride Space Mountain as a kid. Now they have “fast passes” to allow guests to skip the line on a few rides throughout the day. No one likes to wait, but Disney does something unique. They have a way of making the waiting special. It is part of the experience. There are interactive stations. Characters put on shows. You walk through caves and tunnels and there are hidden Mickeys to look for. Waiting in line is part of the deal, but Disney makes the waiting more than just a passive activity.
In Psalm 40, David writes:
1 I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.
(Psalms 40:1-2 NLTse)
It doesn’t sound like this time has been the highlight of David’s life. He’s been in the pit. Makes me think of this song (for any Parks and Rec Fans):
Ok. The song is ridiculous but the point is, the pit isn’t where anyone wants to be. What is the way out? Do just what David did. Wait patiently on the Lord, and cry out to him!
The Hebrew of verse 1 is an intensified form of the verb wait. It is literally, “Waiting, I waited.” or, “I waited, waited for the Lord.” This kind of waiting isn’t passive. It isn’t like waiting for a plane to take off, thumbing through the SkyMall Catalog (wondering if that life-sized Sasquatch garden statue would look good in our yard). This kind of waiting David writes about is an active time when your situation in the pit tunes your heart to the Lord in ways that you might not normally experience. It means to wait expectantly for God’s promises to be fulfilled. God certainly has something for us at the end of our waiting, but he has something for us during it as well.
What are you hearing from God as you cry out to him? [tweetthis]What have you experienced in times of waiting on the Lord?[/tweetthis] Be sure to add your comments below!