Tom Petty used to sing a song that said, "the waiting is the hardest part". In catching up with a friend last week, she said how she and her husband were hanging on waiting for God to move in their life. Sickness had run rampant in their home this year, her husband is still without a job after months of being laid off and she was exhausted.
Psalm 62:5-8 says, "Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour our your hearts to him, for God is our refuse."
There are season in our life when problems will come, many times with warning. It sounds as if David was in one of those spots when he wrote this psalm. David was about sixteen years old when Samuel anointed him king, but he was thirty when he took the throne. A lot of rough times happened in those years while he waited and he faced one difficult situation after another.
Most people's idea of waiting is just to sit around and do nothing. But from God's perspective, waiting is an action verb. We may think we aren't gaining ground, but we are. In God's eyes, we are gaining the most important ground because we're learning to trust Him in the darkest moments of our lives.
Waiting for God's best means you're willing to remain right where you are until you sense Him leading you on to the next step. Waiting is an act of obedience which always leads to blessing. There are also times when God will indicate almost immediately that you need to keep moving. However, at other times, it is imperative to wait for His hand to lead because He knows His plan for our lives. If we move without His guidance, we could miss His best and also end up missing a greater blessing!
(Barbie will be the guest speaker tonight at Copiah-Lincoln Community College's BSU banquet. Thursday she will travel to Gulfport to speak at the Women in Higher Education Conference.)