Devotion For Every Wednesday

A Different Type of Waiting

Psalm 27:14

Still I am certain to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. 14Wait patiently for the LORD; be strong and courageous. Wait patiently for the LORD. 

Finally, I caught my first fish… in TWO YEARS. My dream came true!  Fishing was one of those areas that didn’t make me the best dad to my boys. To them, I was a nerdy dad sitting at my desk working on my computer. In terms of fishing, I didn’t gain any respect nor trust. They said that the only thing they got were bug bites, not fish bites.   

Then, this time was different. Janet and Ron took my family out for boating where I just set up my fishing rods and didn’t expect to catch anything... as usual. Then after a few nibbles, I felt a heavy tug on my rod. It was a fish, which I had wished forever. 

For the last two years, I did everything I could do. I used all the different kinds of bait and bought a few new fishing poles. I even took a two hour-fishing class on you-tube and read three books on “becoming a fish master.” My friends advised me that the most important element of fishing is to wait. So I did. I was waiting… waiting… and waiting (up to two years), but nothing happened. 

Then, what made it different this time? Well. Maybe I was lucky, but the type of waiting was not like the other times. I cast the fishing line, then left the pole on its stand. I was waiting, but it was not your every two second-check or anxiously wishing for a fish kind of wait. I just let go of whatever I wished for. 

We’re waiting for the Lord patiently. The author of the Psalm advises to wait in a specific way. We can wait with a restless mind or a hurried and frantic heart. Waiting itself might not meet the nature of being patient. We have to let go of what we’re waiting for. We leave what we’re wishing for in the hands of God who knows exactly when it should be fulfilled. So being “strong and courageous” is necessary for us to let go of what we’re waiting for. Letting go is a hard thing to do. But when doing it, we can truly say that we’re waiting patiently.     

These devotions were written by Jay on every Wednesday.  You can read his weekly devotion in the weekly E-newsletter.