A Maranatha Music song from the late 1970's has been running through my head all weekend:
We must wait, wait, wait on the Lord
We must wait, wait, wait on the Lord . . .
In His timing He will tell us
What to do, where to go, what to say
You know there are times when the path might be unknown, but there is only one way to go--forward--so that is what you do.
So, here I stand at a "y" in this unknown path waiting. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting.
It is, oh, so tempting to do things the Amanda-way. It is, oh, so tempting to apply Amanda-logic. It is, oh, so tempting to not be patient!
"Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long" (Psalm 25:5).
I found this sermon by James Smith (1869) to be of great comfort, encouragement, and exhortation. If you find yourself in a place of waiting--please do click over and at least skim if not soak in what he is saying.
Here is a not-so-brief clip:
Believer, you may be independent of all creation by realizing your dependence upon your God, and waiting upon him continually.
You must believe:
the love he has to you,
his watchful care over you,
his delight in you,
the promises he has given you,
the provision he has made for you,
the glory he will get by you, and
the honor to which he intends to raise you.
In so doing,
the fear of man will die,
joy in God will spring up,
the peace of God will fill your heart and mind,
your dependence on creatures will cease, and
you will be happy in looking only to the Lord.
"My soul, wait only upon God; for my expectation is from him." "Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt you to inherit the land– when the wicked are cut off, you shall see it."
. . .
Before us are difficulties, seemingly as great as the Red Sea before Israel; behind us are obstacles, as fearful as the Egyptians behind them. Besides which, we have no Moses with the rod of God to make a way for us.
What can we do? Do as the prophet of old did, who said–-"I will wait upon the Lord, who hides his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look
for him." Yes, wait on the Lord, who has given you this precious promise–-"I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go; I will guide you with my eye." He will point out the way, he will teach you in the way, he will guide as a loving Father or a faithful friend.
There are no difficulties with him. He sees the end from the beginning. He has directed thousands, millions, who have been in as great or greater difficulties than you are. What he has done for others, he will do for you. Hear his own word–-"I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known; I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them."
Wait, therefore, on the Lord, and say–-"Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, until that he have mercy upon us." (emphasis mine; the sermon is public domain)
The entire sermon is good. Smith
covers in what circumstances we must wait, what we should wait for,
what we should do while we wait, and even why we should wait.
I wanna keep cutting and pasting more, but I will refain from doing so and just once again say: go read it if you find yourself, like me, in a place a waiting.
Oh, and when I am done waiting . . . I'll tell you which part of the "y" I was instructed to take.
Father, please help me to be patient as I wait upon you as I follow this unknown path. There are times, like right now, when I wish the path wasn't quite so unknown. But, I am ever so grateful that you are the one who is guiding my every step. It is upon you that I depend. And, so, I wait on you, trusting you, depending on you alone.