“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
Waiting can wear us out. Waiting on the Lord though is not merely waiting. Nor is it simply biding our time until God gets us to our destination. Waiting on the Lord is a product of trusting in the Lord. It is a decision to draw close to Him and rely upon Him while we are in a “holding pattern.” We are not just looking at our watch, we are looking towards Him.
Mere waiting lends to frustration. We can surely get tired if all we are doing is waiting. We can say “enough of this” and walk away. But if we are waiting on the Lord we will renew our strength. Though our main objective may still be unreached, God’s even greater objectives are being accomplished in our spirit. Something IS happening. Waiting on the Lord is not only an opportunity to gain something outside of us, it also allows God to work wonderful things in us (the chief and first of these is patience!)
Don’t despise the journey. It is often more important than the destination.