We were a short group that night, three and me, I believe. And I said who can tell me what I mean when I say wait on the Lord?
Cool. Who can tell me what patience is?
"It is like waiting."
Great. How about waiting on the Lord?
Still nothing, again.
So: I killed the lights.
And I said, boys, Misty has been waiting on the Lord for years (Misty Edwards is one of the worship leaders at the 24/7 International House of Prayer in Kansas City. We've been huge fans since IHOP was in a double-wide trailer back at the turn of the century).
I want you to close your eyes and see what you can hear. I want you to get really quiet and really just drink in what she is singing. And then hear what you can see. And just breathe and wait and see if any thoughts that aren't your thoughts show up. It isn't hard, just step into the river her song will create and see what He shows you.
Lord, show us what you want us to see.
Have a wait:
Sometimes we so-overcomplicate the simplest things. We don't know what to expect so we are pretty sure we might be missing it: when that's it. Being with Him is easy. Jesus is Lord and He promises never to leave and He lives inside us. We just trust that He is there.
So, song ends and I turn the lights back on and the room had changed.
Their expressions were priceless.
I saw awe. And an unspoken question: why don't we so this all the time?
So. How was that? I ask.
I could hear traffic out on the highway.
I heard a bird.
i saw the cross in the tree outside.
I heard Jack upstairs.
It had been a really long time since any of them had been--
How about you?
The song is 3m22s.
Misty is a one-worder in our house like Sting. York wouldn't go more than a few days as a little one without saying, "Daddy, how about a little Misty action?" We would turn her live CDs on in their rooms as they slept through the night. And leave them on during the day.
Isaiah 40:31 tells us,
"31 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."
Psalm 27:14 Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD."
I think sometimes we think we are waiting and we really aren't, yet. It is still more of a to do item instead of just a heart to listen and being present.
Love is patient and really listens.
Zeph 3:17, "The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy."
Wait on the Lord.
Ask Him what that means to you. Somedays He shouts; somedays His silence speaks but it is nonetheless divine. Somedays it is a revelation. Somedays He gently lays someone into your heart to call or weep for or listen for or to.
I used to so love Guido's restaurant here in Cap City at the Savery. He had these phenom waiters who would fill your water glass and you'd never catch them doing it because they were experts at waiting and watching when you would look away so as not to intrude. They watched for your cues and would slip past you in the midst of deep conversation.
Wait on the Lord.
Open the Word to the Psalms and read three lines slowly.
Just a little slower than you think you can.
But before you do: ask Him to show you which one. There are 150!
Just wait for a minute, He will show you. Don't worry about whether or not you're making it up. Just trust and try it.
Email me which ones He shares with you, if you want.
Wait on the Lord:
He will fill your water glass when you're not looking.