Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. – Psalm 27:14
Wow… WAIT??? Huh, that brings to mind my favorite word – PATIENCE. Ugh… sets my teeth on edge. I’m not big on patience and I don’t like to wait for anything. Does anyone like to wait? We don’t have to wait for much these days. I mean, we can shop in our jammies, so… seriously – we’ve gotten to the point where it’s pretty much instant whatever you want. And when I say shop in our jammies, I’m not talking about the new socially acceptable dress code at the local Walmart. I’m referring to online shopping in the privacy of my own home.
We’re not only to wait, but we are to be STRONG and TAKE HEART and wait. That sounds like multi-tasking to me. Isn’t it good enough to just wait? Must I be strong while I wait – and take heart? Sigh – I have to have a good attitude and wait. This may be too much to ask of me. Does God have a reason for the specificity in this passage? Yes – because if we wait but have a bad attitude, we will most likely miss the big picture. Waiting and being strong and taking heart… will assure that we will be better people as we look back. Once we receive what we are waiting for from God… and if we’ve had the right attitude – faith increases and that translates into more confidence in what GOD can do in our lives!
Sometimes the strength within you is not a big firey flame for all to see; it is just a tiny spark that whispers ever so softly, ‘You got this. Keep going.’ – Linda Lou
That inner strength is God’s Holy Spirit. He’s the One who encourages us as we wait for His best blessings in our lives. A strong heart that gives and shows love to others and prays, expecting God’s best with a good attitude… it’s what I want for 2017!
If you had to choose an animal that is strong and loving – what animal would it be? I’d have to say it’s a DOG. So I guess one of my goals this year is to be more like a dog. Yep. Pretty much. Patient, strong, loving and loyal. I always want God’s Holy Spirit with me, helping me every day. 🙂