Psalm 130:4 I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him; in his word is my hope.

I remember when we used to wait for things—for a handwritten letter, for photos to be developed, for the busy signal on the landline to stop chiming. In this current climate of instant gratification, we can get what we want with startling immediacy. The idea of waiting seems archaic.

But, like the psalmist, we can still wait for the Lord. With patience—an important and overlooked Christian attribute—we can be calm and wait for the Lord to be with us, to deliver us, to come and work alongside us. What the Holy Spirit brings to us—compassion, forgiveness, peace, and grace—are gifts worth waiting for. They are eternal and more satisfying than what can be obtained through our instantaneous, high-tech means. 

God also waits for us—waiting for our desire to be stirred up, for our need to have God in our lives made manifest in our hearts. God waits for our love. God is patient because we too are worth waiting for.

MOVING FORWARD: What are you waiting for in this season of your life? Who is waiting with you? How are you speaking hope into your waiting?