I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.
Looking back, times of waiting figured prominently my childhood. I remember waiting in the car with my sister while my mom ran errands. I waited for my birthday or Christmas, counting down the days. I remember waiting for my parents to finish talking at church coffee hour so that we could finally go home(!)
In these days of Coronavirus there is waiting - more than usual. We're waiting for the next decision that will affect our lives. Waiting for things to get better. On a personal note, today I am waiting for an important email about my PhD dissertation. In these cases, the decisions are out of our hands. We do everything that we can, but then... we have to wait. Sometimes, waiting is a real pain.
The psalmist speaks of waiting for the Lord. What's more, the psalm speaks of
hope while waiting. This is interesting. Hope is not just blind optimism. On the contrary, the Bible says that hope is assurance in the power and promises of God. Hebrews 6:19 says hope is like an anchor - firm and secure.
I don't know what these next few days and weeks of waiting will bring. But like the psalmist, I will wait for the Lord, and I will
hope in his word.
God bless you!