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When Waiting is Part of the Finding {Nourish Your Soul: Day 9}

I wake up early because I have to. But lately I’ve been realizing my need to actually get up before that. (!!) Because there is a hole in my prayer life that needs mending, and I believe the only way to get it mended is to ask God to mend it and then wait for Him to show up.


That word wait is such a strange one to me.

It’s not passive in its nature like being verbs are. In fact, to wait is an active verb by definition of active verbs. (Grammar nerds like me enjoy this stuff.) But it’s meaning seems to imply not doing. Just. Waiting.

So how can we intentionally wait for God to show up and nourish our souls when the word itself means not doing anything about bringing forth whatever it is we are waiting for?

In Hebrew it can mean to wait or look eagerly for.

Could we then safely say that waiting on God is hope and expectation? Can we say it’s actually actively looking for God?

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. (Ps 27:14)

Oh, how I love what Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary says about this:

Wherever the believer is, he can find a way to the throne of grace by prayer. God calls us by his Spirit, by his word, by his worship, and by special providences, merciful and afflicting.

And this is why I wait. Because no matter where I am, no matter what time of day or night, because of God’s mercy, I can find a way to the throne of grace. And that, I know is where I find nourishment for my soul.

So I wake up and wait. At the throne of grace. For God to mend this hole in my prayer life. And I’m starting to think that maybe the waiting is part of the mending.

Question for you: Why do you think it’s so hard for people in general to wait? Tell us in the comments.

**Are you new here? Why not jump in and nourish your soul this month? We would love for you to join us! Here’s what we’ve talked about so far . . .


Day 1: Nourish Your Soul: A 31-Day Challenge

Day 2: How to Know When Your Soul is Hangry

Day 3: What to Do When You Know You Need Better Water

Day 4: How I Fed My Soul This Week

Day 5: What God Says About How to Be Happy

Day 6: How Playdates With God Can Feed Our Souls

Day 7: The Junk Food Called Comparison

Day 8: Even in the Fog

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