"I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning." Psalm 130:5-6
A few nights ago, I was home alone. My wife was visiting a friend, so I had the house (and TV) to myself. I switched to one of my favorite channels – the History Channel. They had a special on military snipers. I always enjoy the History Channel’s military specials, so I watched it. We’ve gotten used to the “Hollywood” images of snipers – amazing shots, fast reflexes, one-man-army kind of stuff. What struck me most about this show, though, was they were very clear that the best shooters in the world spent considerable time doing something we don’t often hear about – waiting.
One shooter who was interviewed said, “We had only been in our position for two days when the target appeared!” Only two days?! He was pleasantly surprised that they had to lie face down in the dirt for “only two days” before the action started. Often, they would wait and watch for three, four, or five days before anything interesting happened. They would spend all day watching and waiting. For days, they were alert, aware, and ready. But they weren’t wasting time. They were taking measurements, doing calculations, and running through scenarios so that when the time did come (whenever it would come), they were ready.
Sometimes, we have to wait. We pray for answers. We ask God for help. Then we wait. We sure do hate the waiting! The difference between us and those snipers, though, is we know something is going to happen. God promises in John 16:24 that when we ask in His name, we can expect an answer.
Waiting involves an expectation of something special. Waiting means anticipation, expectation, and confident hope in something that will take place. We know that God answers our prayers, so sometimes we just have to hurry up and wait. When you’re waiting, however, don’t be idle. Be ready. Make plans and get everything in order so that when the time comes, you’re able to spring into action.
Posted on Mon, December 5, 2011
by Steven Valadez