"But they who wait for 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)

As a very young boy, when my family visited my grandmother in Louisiana, we traveled by train. When the day came for us to return home, my grandmother would insist we get to the station two to three hours before the train’s scheduled arrived. For a little boy that was miserable. It was an endless time of playing mind games and watching the clock move so slowly. I promised myself that when I got older I would not waste time waiting. I’d arrive only minutes before the train arrived. I don’t like waiting.

Isaiah gives an interesting revelation. While waiting as a youngster was full of impatience knowing a training would arrive at the scheduled time, I felt I could do something else until the time of departure. In other words, I don’t have to wait knowing the time. For God’s people waiting is not an option because what we need to live above our circumstances can never be accomplished personally. Failure to wait results in a failed life. Honestly speaking, we cannot know the set time for the Lord’s arrival, yet it’s certain. The act of waiting produces a renewed spirit that springs forth a strength that allows rising above all circumstances.

Perhaps you’re like that little boy. You just don’t want to wait on the Lord. If all the right “pieces” are not in place you try forcing the result you desire. Don’t do that! Let the Lord break-in and give you place above what seems as obstacles.

--E.C. Malone, 01/15/16

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