What do you do if you feel wiped out, weak, worn or weary? You wait. But don’t wait in the weakness hoping something will change. Wait expectantly and hopefully! Believe that the God who created everything gives power to the faint, and increases strength to the weak.
“Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:28-31 KJV)
What does waiting mean? We live in a microwave culture and want it done now. Waiting implies time, emptiness, void, or booorring. (Emphasis added by the kids in my life.) It is actually anything but empty. It’s an opportunity for rest and refreshing.
Here are three things that will make your waiting powerful and productive:
1 – Prayer
Waiting is a time to commune with your Creator. Bless His name as He blesses you. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:” (Ephesians 1:3)
Praise and worship Him for He loves us with an everlasting love. He is worthy and Jesus made a way for us to be worthy to have everlasting life with Him. “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust…” ( Psalm 18:2a KJV)
Seek Him and find his goodness. “The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.” ( Lamentations 3:25 KJV)
2 – Presence
Waiting is a time to get into the presence of God, a place where there is fullness of joy. (See Psalm 16:11)
Jesus’ death removed the veil in the temple so we can have access to God’s presence. We are created in God’s image and now with the veil removed we can reflect the glory of Jesus. (See 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 TPT)
In His presence is freedom. (See 2 Corinthians 3:17) In His presence is healing for the brokenhearted. (See Isaiah 61)
3 – Preparation
While waiting, do it expectantly. Put action into waiting. When you plant a seed for a hope, dream or concern, take action to protect it. If weeds (Negative thoughts) come up seeking to hinder or destroy and your mind is confused or in doubt, pull those weeds now! This is part of being prepared for the increase in your life.
God’s way and time is not always ours, so continue to stand firm in faith for He is with you through it all, no matter what. “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” ( Philippians 3:12)
So do you wait quietly or while working? Waiting does not mean lie down and just accept what comes. He gives rest as we wait, but that’s not nap time. It’s refreshing and restoration time. (See Matthew 11:28)
If you are going to run, walk and soar, you better be in good shape physically, emotionally and spiritually. Prepare while you wait and it will be worth the wait. In winter there is a frozen wildness across the land that has beauty and charm. Look at the sparkle and dazzle from sun kissed mountains that take your breath away, both from the cold and the magnificence. While waiting for Spring remember this barrenness is necessary for life to burst forth in the warmth and the proper time.
I was waiting in pain last week while I had a horrible toothache. X-rays revealed it was a sinus infection pushing on nerves. Maybe that’s why I was irritable. I didn’t eat and took pain meds. I was wiped out waiting for no pain. In a few days after antibiotics and prayer, I felt better. During my waiting I was infused with a sense of blessing over my life. I poured out that blessing as I pronounced blessing over my loved ones from God. I am the matriarch of the family after all. (See Numbers 6:24-26, KJV).
Even as I waited after my son died a few years ago, I knew God sustained me with strength. Don’t stifle or hinder the mourning while you wait. Allow it. Mourn you must for your healing to be realized. Push through the pain to a place of peace and rest. A place where you will run, walk and soar!
Sam is a businessman, writer, entertainer, speaker, husband, father to five children, grandfather and great grandfather. Sam graduated from Huntington University with a B.A. in psychology and drama and pursued a degree in Broadcasting from Illinois Central College with graduate degree in Christian Ministry from Christian Leadership University. Sam is the creator of Granpa Cratchet, one of the most successful touring shows in the history of the live events industry. Millions of people see Granpa every year all across the United States at fairs and festivals. His characters have appeared on every major network: Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, The Today Show (4 times). Sam and his characters have made over 500 local appearances and on all the major networks; NBC, CBS, ABC, ESPN, PBN, The LeSea Network, The PTL Network and Praise the Lord. They currently appear all around the world every week on YouTube and Facebook, and on several satellite networks via the Kidz Television Network and The Captain Hook (children's) Show.