I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word, I put my trust.
How many of you are very tired of being cooped up in your homes by now? A friend sent us a list of things the virus has helped people understand. Here is one: Now I know why the dog races to get out the door every time it is opened.
I often told people who stated that they needed to increase their patience, “Be careful what you pray for, you may not like how the Lord teaches you.” Now all of us are learning patience and it is important that we live by the new standards during this pandemic. To not do so could have serious consequences.
When the psalmist writes that his “whole being waits,” I believe many of us can relate. The psalmist’s heart and soul long for a sign from God, a glimmer of light while waiting in the depths of darkness and despair. He ebbs and flows between calling out to God and reminding himself of the goodness and faithfulness of God.
When the unknown and fear is added to our waiting it can make the situation almost unbearable. The psalmist keeps his eyes fixed on the God of Israel, the source of all hope for him and his people. Likewise, we need to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, even in this uncertainty in which we are living. He is the author and finisher of our faith, there is nothing that the Lord will not help us to handle.
Lord we do pray for patience and a calmness of heart and soul. Walk with us in our present situation and help us to keep your eyes fixed on you. Lord fill my heart with the truth that in you, lies all of my hope. Amen.