The Wait

 In God, Life

Are you feeling insignificant today? Do you have your hands full of dirty diapers, repetitious spread sheets, or textbooks, all the while, thinking to yourself, “This can’t be all I’m going to do with my life.” Take heart. You’re not alone.

Remember David? Yes, that David. As in David and Goliath. As in David, author of the Psalms. As in David, King of Israel who restored the Ark to it’s rightful place. As in David, the man after God’s own heart. Yes, that David.

David was a 15 year old shepherd, ruddy in complexion, when the prophet Samuel anointed him to be king. But guess what happened the day after that? Our boy David was back in the fields with his subjects – the sheep. It would be another fifteen years before David began his reign of the southern part of Israel, and a total of  twenty-two years before David actually began to reign over the entire kingdom of Israel. Twenty-two years.

What does that say to you? To me it says that David had to wait just like the rest of us. Were those twenty-two years wasted? Absolutely and resoundingly not. David was being prepared. David was living in his calling. Each day of his life was part of his history and legacy, just as each day of your life (yes, even the mundane and seemingly insignificant ones) is significant.

Even more, maybe you’ve been waiting on the Lord to see the fulfillment of what you believe is a dream He has placed in your heart. Maybe you’ve been waiting a long time. Take heart. God works on His own, perfect time table. He sees you. He knows you. He remembers you. You are being prepared, and every day is significant.

The next time you feel impatient or discouraged about how long you’ve been waiting for something, remember David.

But 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.

           -Isaiah 40:31

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