Over the past few weeks we’ve been exploring what it means to wait for the Lord. In essence, waiting for Him means that we are expectant and trusting that He will get done what He has promised in His perfect time. Waiting for God means to continue to go to Him first, expecting Him to do what He says He’s going to do without going to anyone else for any aid unless He directs us to. It sounds simple, but in practice, it requires faith and patience, especially when it comes to parenting.
Who do you turn to first when the bad news hits? Who do you rejoice with first when the good times come? Whose advice do you seek? Whose guidance do you take?
Isaiah 40:31 says, “But those who wait for the Lord (who expect, look for, and hope in Him) shall lift their wings and mount up (mount up close to God) like eagles. They shall run and not grow weary and they shall walk and not faint or become tired.”
I love the imagery of becoming like an eagle, graceful and powerful. I love the thought of running without growing tired.
On Sunday, we honoured the mothers in our community.
From the time a child is conceived, a woman is a mother. That child can be fully grown with kids of his own, but she will still be his mom, always concerned, always caring.
Moms are beautiful reflections of the heart of God. They put themselves last, often laying down their hopes and dreams and desires for the good of their children. They seem to have a particular comprehension of the sacrificial love of God. They reflect His unconditional, unwavering care and compassion.
That’s not to say it’s easy. Mom’s carry their kids’ burdens. Many of the moms I know are fierce prayer warriors, fighting for their children in the spiritual as much as they do in the physical. And the only way they’re able to do so with joy and consistency is by waiting for the Lord and trusting that He will do what He has promised in His perfect timing.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”