Listening and waiting …

“I pray to God–my life a prayer–and wait for what he’ll say and do.” Psalm 130:5

imageIn high school, Mrs. Hale, my music coach, picked an Aria from the oratorio “Elijah,” “O rest in the Lord, for my first solo contest. The first line of the song goes like this:  “O rest in the Lord, wait patiently for Him, and He shall give thee thy heart’s desires…”

I remember how patient Mrs. Hale was in working with me on this piece. She’d say, “That’s nice. Now, let’s start at the bottom of page ….”4. I could hardly wait to move on to something else.

In the words of Psalm 130, we hear King David, during another low point in his life, cry out to God: “Listen hard! Open your ears!” (vs 2) These words give me an image of God sitting in a Lazy Boy wearing a wireless headset (such as my husband does when he’s watching TV alone) and David wanting to get God’s attention (such as I do with Glen). The good news is that God does not need a headset to hear the our cry for attention. He waits patiently for us to ask for what we need and then expects us to wait for the answer.

Lord, help me “hurry up and wait” for your loving care of my needs. Amen.



About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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