Waiting with anticipation
How fond are you of waiting? Not so much? Waiting at the airport for a flight. Tommy and I were at the airport just yesterday waiting hours and hours for flights to bring us home from Oregon. Remember waiting for a college acceptance letter? Checking the mailbox every day for that over-sized envelope that might indicate good news. These days we all wait for that much needed paycheck. How many times have we or will we have to wait for results from a medical test? Waiting is a part of life. And it’s hard. And it’s draining. And it can be stressful. Waiting.
But Scripture very clearly states that “those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
Just this past weekend, we spent 2 glorious nights in a cabin in Oregon with friends and family. Out of a huge picture window, we watched as a majestic eagle swooped time after time into the cold waters of a rapidly flowing river. The eagle’s keen eyesight focused on his breakfast as his sharp talons grabbed at unsuspecting fish. When he wasn’t circling the waters looking for his catch, the eagle would perch patiently on a tree limb high above the river’s bank…waiting. Waiting for just the right time. Perhaps waiting for his strength to be renewed.
My longest period of waiting was during a parched season of infertility. I waited for 13 years for the incredible news that I was finally going to have a 2nd baby. My baby girl Kelsey. I don’t remember one moment of enjoying the wait. It was torturous at times. I even prayed that God would take my desire away for another child if He wasn’t going to give me one. But that desire never left me. My waiting paid off. My strength was renewed…as was my faith.
I guess the message of encouragement for today is to remember that waiting pays off. It did for the eagle. It did for me. Hopefully, it will for each of us. Wait with anticipation. Wait and our strength shall be renewed…like the magnificent eagle.