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A Page from the Journal: Waiting


Psalm 39:7 And now, Lord, what do I wait for?  My hope is in You.



40:1 I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry.  He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.  He has put a new song in my mouth – praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord. 


This waiting idea is a strong one.  Patient waiting is only ever required because God is taking longer than we’d like for Him to take. If I’m drowning in a horrible pit of miry clay, I’d like to call and have Him quickly and kindly answer, “Here I am.”  I’d like, in fact, for Him to catch me before my toes touch that sucking, sloshing mud.  While I’m wishing with abandon, I’d really actually, most especially like for Him to cover up all those dumb pits and potholes so that I never experience their murky depths.


But instead, I wait.


I wait because He waits.


I know He’s not busy or preoccupied because the next verse says, “Many are your wonderful works and Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order…they are more than can be numbered.”


“Innumerable thoughts” can only mean that He is always, always thinking of me.  He is thinking of me when I am dancing in open meadows, and He is thinking of me when I am making hash marks on the walls of deep holes.  He knows my frame and the number of hairs that are waiting in that dark ditch for some sign of hope.  He sees, He knows, and He intends to deliver, so why does He wait?


Perhaps because His plan is not for my life to be perfect, but for it to be perfected.


So, with infinite knowledge and fierce Father-love, He waits.


And so do I


Thinking of Him while He’s thinking of me.


I will wait.  Hope will come.


Blessed is the one who makes the Lord her trust. 

February 6, 2012 - 8:03 am

kathy - 🙂 <3 U

February 6, 2012 - 8:34 am

Nita Belles - Hope you don’t mind, I’m retweeting part of this…Beautiful Bo. And, I’d like to take this moment to say we needed to get together! yeah!

February 6, 2012 - 8:52 am

S. Jill - Waiting with you, Bo;

Psalm 131:2
But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.

…knowing, having learned, He loves us and He will answer.
Jill xoxo

February 6, 2012 - 10:26 am

Rayne - Bo –
I was so excited to learn about your blog, you are such a blessing! I am no longer attend Westside so this is a great way to still benefit from your amazing insights. I started the joy project three days ago and it is already encouraging me. Thank you for being so authentic and real!

February 6, 2012 - 12:11 pm

Steve B - Exactly what I needed to reminded of, thanks for sharing Bo.

February 6, 2012 - 1:57 pm

Katelyn Alexander - This is so where I’m at.
The verse I’m standing on right now:
Isaiah 64:4
Since ancient times no one has heard,
no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.