“Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you….” –Isaiah 26:8a
One of the things Lexi has learned when walking is to sit and wait at crosswalks. She used to try to charge ahead into an intersection, and I had to restrain her with the leash. Then I began asking her to sit on the corner until I gave the “Release” command. Now she knows she has to wait until I cue her to go. When I stop walking, she stops walking. I don’t even command her to sit anymore. She’ll sit on her own if she thinks it’ll be a long wait; otherwise she’ll stand patiently by my side. She’s learned that walking with me is also waiting on me. Walking with God is also waiting on God. So often we want to charge ahead. God may restrain us by whispering a warning in our hearts. Then he asks us to be still so we can discern his will. Psalm 37:7 says, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.” Eventually, we’ll learn to wait patiently until God tells us to go. After all, when we’re walking with God, we want to remain at his side.
Dear God, Teach me to wait when I’m walking with you. Amen