The other day I went on a long walk in a glorious fall afternoon. After reveling in the flush of color and leaves alongside the trail I came to a tree bare of leaves only adorned with buds and spring flowers. It made me sigh not with joy but with sadness.
It reminded me of this:
"I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
by the gazelles or the does of the field,
that you not stir up or awaken love
until it pleases." Song of Solomon 2:7
What will happen to these buds? They will freeze and die; not leading to any fruit because they were aroused by a unseasonably warm fall day.
I felt the sort of sadness The Lord feels when we do not wait on him and his timing, when we jump the gun, when we fill in the blanks of what he has told us, when we rush ahead on a warm day.
"Be still before The Lord and wait patiently for him."(v 7)
"Delight yourself in The Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." (v 4)
"Wait for The Lord and keep his way and he will exhalt you to inherit the land" (v 34 a)
So what are you waiting for?
Often this question is posed to get people energized to move, to do something, but here I am encouraging you to acknowledg what you are waiting for and keep waiting. Hold what you are waiting for out to The Lord in trust that he will always fulfill his promises and will always bring good things as you love him.