“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.”
Here is a picture of hope, if you will.
One dog, waiting patiently on the walking trail.
She waits quietly. Expectantly. She knows the joys of discovering new smells and scent trails and potential critters to chase. She may even find a bone or corn cob (she loves raiding the corn patch!) she dropped along the trail from yesterday’s walk.
Mostly, she loves the quality time with her owners.
When she sees us coming, the tail wags. Her facial expression changes. Her whole demeanour perks up. Her energy level increases. She heads to the trail ahead of us, knowing good things are in store.
We had paused at the trail head for some reason. Usually, she just starts the walk on her own, assuming we will follow. This time, she turned. Sat. Waited patiently.
Hope is a dog on the trail.
Hope is waiting for God to show up and walk with us. Hope expects good things along the way. Hope knows there will be new discoveries and adventures ahead. Hope appreciates the presence of our Maker along the trail.
Hope understands that if God has paused, He will join us at the right time if we wait.
I usually start the trail on my own and then get mad or disappointed when it feels like God hasn’t shown up for the adventure. And sometimes, the distractions along the path keep me so focused, I forget that the whole point is to spend time with my Owner.
Perhaps I should learn to wait in hope.
This image of my dog may just help me to process how hope truly works.
Wait for God with me?
Father, how we need Your presence in this journey we are on! Help us to wait for Your timing, and anticipate finding treasures and opportunities along the way. Teach us that spending time with You is the greatest gift! Amen.