Thursday, May 17, 2007

Still Waiting

Here's a poem by J. Danson Smith. Not sure of the title. I can only guess that it has "waiting" in it somewhere! I've never heard of him before today when I read this in my Streams in the Desert devotional. I fell in love with the poem. As you've probably guessed, the topic of waiting is one that is near and dear to my heart. Having been pregnant three times, all with overdue babies (the second one by two weeks!!!!!), I've spent some time waiting! Almost all of our heroes in the Bible had to suffer waiting in some form or another--Abraham, Joseph, David, etc. Waiting on God to fulfill a promise. Waiting for God to move. Waiting for God to bring something to pass. We are completely dependent upon Him. Waiting, watching, hoping, expecting, believing--we shall see God.

Waiting! Yes, patiently waiting!

Till next steps made plain will be;

To hear with the inner hearing,

The Voice that will call for me.

Waiting! Yes, hopefully waiting!

With hope that need not grow dim;

The Master is pledged to guide me,

And my eyes are unto him.

Waiting! Expectantly waiting!

Perhaps it may be today
The Master will quickly open

The gate to my future way.

Waiting! Yes waiting! Still waiting!
I know, though I've waited long,

that, while He withholds his purpose,

his waiting cannot be wrong.

Waiting! Yes, waiting! Still waiting!

The Master will not be late:

Since He knows that I am waiting

For Him to unlatch the gate. [emphasis mine]

These verses come to mind:

But those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

Do I bring to the moment of birth
and not give delivery?" says the Lord.
"Do I close up the womb
when I bring to delivery?" says your God.
Isaiah 66:9 (NIV)

Wait on Him. Trust in Him. He is trustworthy. Whatever you need, whatever you are waiting for--He will bring it to pass.