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Meditation on 'Waiting'

As I've mentioned before, I feel like I have entered a season of waiting, waiting to know what I should do next since "retiring" from my job.  The following meditation is something I picked up from my time in England this past fall and I taped it into my journal, some pages ahead of where I was actually writing.  Well today, I came across it as I opened my journal to write, and it was once again an encouragement to me.  So for those of you have waited before, you'll likely concur with its words; and for those who are waiting like me, may it also inspire courage in you.

"They that wait upon 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

Waiting implies that you have not, but that you believe God has
Waiting implies that you believe God is near
Waiting implies wrestling
Waiting is the diving silence of submission
Waiting is faith leaning over the battlements of the Word of God, searching the horizon with the eyes of hope.

Waiting is the broad spaces of believing - like a vision when it spreads itself out before you
Waiting is the joy of God, for it is the greatest act of homage any poor creature can pay
Waiting is retirement from the world, a solitude, a sanctuary fenced off, a stillness, a retreat, a refuge
Waiting means realising (BrE) that you are in the immediate presence of God.

Waiting is blessed work, for it means that you hang about His feet, that you cling to Him with the whole intensity of your being.
Waiting means that you keep company with the Word of God.  You may be solitude, but you have the society of the blessed Word.
Waiting includes inviting Holy Will.  You abandon your self-will, and retire into the presence of God, and there invite God's will to take its place.
Waiting includes the adoration of His holy ways, and the renouncing of all else.

Waiting produces Heavenly Communion.  "They that wait upon the Lord shall mount up with wings as eagles".  They shall have heavenly feast and communion.  They shall mount up on wings ascending with Him in spirit and purpose.
Waiting produces earnest, human service.  "They shall run and not be weary".

by C.A. Fox


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