I recently watched Jerry Seinfeld’s new stand-up routine on Netflix. Seinfeld observed that we are always on the go.
We are excited about going out somewhere, so we go out. However, we go out only long enough to have the itching feeling to get back home. When we are at work, we want to go home.
When we are traveling a long distance by plane, we have to get to the airport. When we get to the airport, we ask “when are we getting on the plane?” The plane takes off, and then we ask, “when is this plane going to land?” The plane lands. Then the burning question is “why don’t they open the door so we can get out?”
Seinfeld is right. We are always on the go, trying to get to the next thing. This makes Isaiah’s call to wait on the Lord all that much harder to follow (Isaiah 40:31).
Waiting has never been a strength of mine, nor has it been a strength of human beings in general.
We do not like to wait because we are impatient. But that’s not the only reason we do not like waiting: waiting sometimes forces us to confront the troubles, fears, anxieties, regrets, and heartbreaks that we have tried so hard to hide deep down in the most protected places of our souls.
To avoid facing our inner troubles, we run from them by staying on the go. If we have a bad relationship, we run to another. If one career or job doesn’t work, we quickly find something else.
We are always on the go trying to find something and/or someone to give us that which only God can give to us, on God’s own time. And that requires waiting.
Even though waiting can be incredibly hard, it is there that we receive the strength of the Lord: “but those 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).
I believe waiting for the Lord can take many forms such as prayer, fasting (one that is very hard for me), even acts of service to those in need.
When we wait on the Lord, we acknowledge that we are living our lives according to God’s timing and not ours. And, when the Lord shows up, it is then that we are able to soar.