01 Apr I Wait Quietly
Read Psalm 62 (NLT)
Thought for the Day: Waiting is an opportunity to rest!
When was the last time you had to hurry up and wait for something important? It could have been for a job interview, a doctor’s appointment, a pre-pandemic visit to the DMV, or a popular ride at an amusement park. At the times we have “something important” to accomplish but know we first need to endure a period of waiting, we likely experience a variety of emotions.
Consider your most recent experience – what do you remember most about your time spent waiting? When you think back to that specific day, whether you waited for something positive or negative, one thing is for certain: very few of us enjoy waiting in limbo! BUT – waiting is certainly a major part of our lives. Consider a baseball game. The average major league game lasted three hours and ten minutes in 2021. However, of those 3+ hours, typically only 18 minutes could be accurately described as action-packed. Despite this, fans pack the stands.
Think back again to when you were waiting. Could your time be best described as restful or anxious? Did you quietly sit and enjoy the peace and quiet, or did you fidget and complain? In the 62nd Psalm, the Psalmist declares, “I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from Him. ”Here, the Psalmist uses the Hebrew word דּוּמִיָּה (dumiyyah) and is more than just a silent period of waiting. A dumiyyah mindset is full of rest! How much happier could we all be if we used moments of waiting to slow down and enjoy a sense of rest? This would be huge!
For those of us who struggle with enjoying silence and moments where we are forced to wait, let’s ask God for the strength to wait quietly. After all, before that “something important” is often a chance to take a breath and experience rest!
Pastors Stan and David