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Waiting with all My Strength

“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart be courageous. Wait for the Lord.”

Psalms 27:14 CSB

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Yesterday, I began listening to the audiobook of Anne of Green Gables (through LibriVox). Chapter 2 includes a description of Anne waiting at the train station. When the reader spoke the words featured on my Bible page, I was caught off guard.

She was sitting there waiting for something or somebody and, since sitting and waiting was the only thing to do just then, she sat and waited with all her might and main.

Anne of Green Gables

Tears puddled in my eyes. Do I wait with all my “might and main” or strength? Even now I feel my eyes moisten because I know the answer.

I haven’t been a good waiter… I’ve been a good alternate planner. I excel at pretending I didn’t hear the word “wait.”

On the cover of my paperback copy is the image of Anne waiting on a bench with her carpetbag. The Lord reminded me again the value of the wait.

In the waiting,

… I seek Him more.

… I trust Him more.

… I have new experiences.

… I grow in the pause.

… I smell the roses.

I’m challenged to sit longer and ask Him when to move. And be obedient.

Prayer

Lord, thank You for the way You speak through everyday things like a story about an orphaned girl. I want to trust You, but my actions don’t show it.

“I pray to (You) —my life a prayer— and wait for what (You) say and do. My life’s on the line before (You), my Lord, waiting and watching till morning, waiting and watching till morning.” (Psalm 130:5-6 MSG)

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

What’s Next?

Friend, are you in the waiting? I received an amazing piece of advice from my friend and pastor Jan Greenwood. Focus on what is in front of you right now. Don’t miss out on present blessings because you are focused on future maybes.

Ask the Lord what He has for you to learn in the waiting. And focus on what He says. Focus on Him. Wait on the Lord with all your “might and main.”

Here are some other devotionals I’ve written on the waiting. I hope you will find encouragement through these!

Be Bold & Expectant
Be Bold & Expectant
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Be Bold & Consider Him Faithful
Be Bold & Consider Him Faithful
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Worship:

iTunes: Wait for You (affiliatelink)

 

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