Many of us over the years have found comfort in the verse Isaiah 40:31, “Those that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.  They shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”  This verse doesn’t mean a literal waiting for the Lord to do something.  The word has a connotation of hope or trust.

We’ve all had crossroad moments in our lives.   A decision must be made.  Which way do we go?  Indecision can drain us as we weigh the pros and cons.  In what direction should we proceed?

I read an anecdote recently.  A young man was in his car.  He saw an older man sitting on a bench.  He pulls over and asks, “Do you know the way to the stadium?”  The older man answered that he was sorry but didn’t know the way. “That’s ok,” said the younger man.  “Can you tell me how to get to Stone Road?”  The older man answered again that he was sorry but didn’t know that either.  The younger man, rather sarcastically said, “You don’t know much, do you?”  The older man smiled and replied “I may not know a lot, but I’m not lost.”

In our spiritual worlds, we may not know on which path to go.  We may feel discombobulated, but in Christ we are not lost, because He always knows the paths we are to travel.  My father used to say, “If you don’t know what the Lord wants you to do, just sit before Him.  Let your hope and trust be in Him, knowing that in just the right time, He will say to you the words of Isaiah 30:21, “This is the way, now walk in it.”

You may feel lost and overwhelmed at times, but your Heavenly Father knows right where you are and what you are doing.  Choose to keep your eyes on Him.  He will reveal the way and then He will walk with you as you go.

Kitty Waits and Waits and Waits

Many of you who have been reading my blogs over the years will be familiar with Kitty, our partially blind cat, who lives on the front closed-in porch.  That is her world. She is happy there, never wanting to go out into what she cannot see or understand.  What can she see?  Me.  She knows when I’m there.  She holds her head up waiting for me to stroke her head and softly tickle beneath her chin.  She adores my attention.  She trusts me.

Every morning about 7:00am I open the door, knowing she will be right there, staring at the door, waiting for me to bring her breakfast.  It’s the same everyday.  She never waivers in her waiting for me.  What amazes and touches me deeply, is how long she will wait — until I open the door.  Most mornings I am right on time but there have been days when, for various reasons, I have been late.  I remember one such morning when I was an hour late.  Oh, no!  I thought to myself, poor Kitty!  I imagined her being upset, perhaps panicking about her breakfast, but no such thing took place.  Kitty was waiting  at the door.

She did not appear to be worried at my delay.  In fact, she behaved as if everything was as it should be.  She sat and waited as I closed the door behind me and stooped down to stroke her head and tickle her chin, just as I always did.  Then, on cue when I stopped the petting, she walked over to her food bowl, looking up expantantly.  I could tell that there was no doubt in her understanding that she would be fed that morning.  There was no despair in having to wait to be attended to; she trusted me, and she waited for me.  In her little cat’s mind, she knew I would come and all would be well.

Oh, if only we humans could display such trust in our Heavenly Father.  He tells us in Psalm 27:14, “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage and He will strengthen your heart.  Wait, I say, on the Lord.”  We don’t like waiting.  We want what we want, and we want it now!  Our Father knows what we need and He knows when we need it.  When he delays, it is not because He has become disinterested; it is because He loves deeply, waiting for our own good.

You and I can be delayed because we forget, or we’re feeling non-motivated, or we are providentially hindered.  That is never the case with our Father.  He never forgets, He is always motivated in His sweet love for us, and it is impossible for anything to stop Him.  He knows what troubles us.  He knows when we hurt.  He knows the longings of our heart.  Therefore, with perfect timing, He will bring about His purposes in our lives.  At the right moment He will open the door to deliver His blessings just as I open the door to bring Kitty her breakfast.

Father is always on time, so let us wait with trusting hearts.  Let us wait with peace reigning in our minds.  Let us not engage in despair which can lead to anger, but let us wait, as Kitty does, knowing beyond all doubt, the door will open and a breakfast of goodness will be served.

The Joy Of Expectation

This week, our cat Blackie, reminded me of another great truth.  I generally feed Blackie at 6:30am and again at 4:00pm.  There are times when I am delayed, especially the 4:00pm dinner time.  Sometimes I’m out and don’t get back until much later.  It always makes me smile as I pull onto the driveway and then under the carport.  Even if I’m several hours late, there is Blackie, waiting, expecting.  He knows I’ll be there and he will get his dinner.

As I get out of the car, Blackie follows me to the door.  He knows that moments later I will reappear with his evening meal.  I can tell there is no doubt in his mind that his dinner is coming.  As I place his bowl in front of him, he begins to devour his meal, occasionally glancing in my direction.  Once in a while he leaves his bowl to rub along my arm, meowing his pleasure.  Blackie is not angry that I’m late.  After all, not getting his dinner was ever in his mind.  His expectation of my care for him overrides all doubt.

As I was watching Blackie eat his delayed meal yesterday, I thought of the verses in Psalm 9:1-2, “I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.  I will be filled with joy because of you.  I will sing praises to your name, Oh Most High.”  That was Blackie’s attitude toward me!  In his little cat brain, I have done the most marvelous of things in getting his dinner.  He is filled with joy because of that act.  He meows his pleasure for all I have done for him.  I am important in his life and he shows me that  I am.  In turn, I too, am filled with great pleasure.

You and I can learn a lot from this cat.  He never doubts I will give him what he needs, even  though he must, at times, wait for what he desires.  He is calm in his expectation; joyful in what he knows will come.  Do you and I feel the same way about our Awesome God?  When we are waiting for a need to be met, do we really expect it to happen, or do we merely hope with a leaning that it might not take place.  We miss out on so much joy and peace of mind when we lean toward the doubt rather than the expectation.

Has God ever let anyone down?  No.  Is He going to start with you?  No.  His promises stand for eternity without mistake.  Let us not forget God’s promise in Isaiah 40:31, “Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.  They will soar high on wings like eagles.  They will run and not grow weary.  They will walk and not faint.”  Let’s determine today that we will not grow weary in waiting.  Let us not faint as the minutes tick by.  Like Blackie, let us revel in the anticipation of what is coming.  Let us never doubt His goodness, but joyfully expect it.