“I realized that the deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way in the end, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able to honestly to pray what He taught His disciples to pray: Thy will be done.”
― Elisabeth Elliot

Wait on the Lord” is a constant refrain in the Psalms, and it is a necessary word, for God often keeps us waiting. He is not in such a hurry as we are, and it is not his way to give more light on the future than we need for action in the present, or to guide us more than one step at a time. When in doubt, do nothing, but continue to wait on God. When action is needed, light will come.”
― J.I. Packer

(a few rain kissed quince buds waiting to bloom / Julie Cook / 2015

We are a waiting people are we not?
It seems, since the beginning of time,
We, humankind, have waited.

We wait for birth
And we wait for death
Living, falls someplace in between

The Israelites waited and wandered,
Wandered and waited for years. . .
As it seems they continue waiting. . .

We Christians wait. . .
We wait for answered prayers,
We wait for signs,
We wait for good,
We wait for justice,
We wait for peace
We wait for the final judgement

Society waits. . .
It too waits for justice
For peace,
For answers
For change,
For better, never worse
For instant
For perfect

I wait. . .
I wait for the happiness of those I love
I wait for a closer peace
I wait for answers
I wait for direction
I wait for truth
I wait for righteousness
I wait for healing

Through the yearning
Through the tears
Through the frustrations
Through the anger
Through the impatience

Tempering the anguish
Trying not to dwell
Not to obsess
Fighting the whys
the why nots

I cry out in the silence
How much longer oh Lord?
Can’t you see?
Do you not know?
Why don’t you do something?!
Do you not care?
How can you let him hurt?
Hear me
Do you hear me?

is the single reply. . .

Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.

Psalms 27:14

9 comments on “Waiting

  1. lljostes says:

    Waiting with you–in prayer–this day. A big hug ~ Laura

    • As always thank you Laura–this situation with poor Dad has been a nightmare—not so much Dad, as the extenuating factors swirling about as I furiously work to keep them at bay so his stress level can level off—
      At least Spring is trying to take hold!!
      hugs Laura—Julie

      • lljostes says:

        The sunshine and signs of new life are great reminders that God is faithful–that His mercies are new every day. One day at a time! God bless you for caring for your Dad so well!

  2. Andy Oldham says:

    Oh Wow! The Quotes go so well with your poetry! Love this post! 🙂

  3. ColorStorm says:

    So we watch and work (sometimes whistle) but don’t worry while we wait, and always worship through it all.

    Good stuff jewels-

  4. Lynda says:

    Julie, please know that you and your family are in my prayers!

  5. Well in your waiting and your trials with your Dad, you still manage to dig down into your soul and heart and come up with these amazing posts!!! You are just awesome, my friend. Love, N 🙂 ❤

  6. Nicodemas says:

    I will wait. Thank you for this!

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