In our busy, productive culture, times of waiting are considered wasteful and weak. When we wait, we feel impatient, purposeless, and even used by someone who is making us wait. Our thoughts become irritated, our spirits agitated.
But what if, instead of stewing in the waiting pot, emotions roiling to the point of boiling, we looked at times of waiting as opportunities? Opportunities for training our minds to experience something as fruitful that once we considered wasteful.
What if we purposefully turned our times of waiting into selahs? Selah.
A musical term used in the Psalms to mean “stop and listen.”
Has the song of your life reached a cacophonic pitch?
Perhaps it’s time for selah.
The next time you find yourself waiting, turn it into an experience of stillness before the Lord.
A time to quiet your spirit rather than give in to agitation.
A time to know - - - to know God by noticing him.
Noticing him in the mass of humanity swarming around you.
Noticing him in the child tugging on a parent’s hand.
Noticing him in the constantly texting teenager thirsting for human love.
Noticing him in the needy chatter of a someone who might just be lonely.
Noticing him in the young woman sitting in the doctor’s office whose cancer diagnosis has quickly given her a different perspective.
Noticing her children, oblivious yet vulnerable.
Noticing him in the sanctuary where people are chatty and busy, and, well, forgetting to notice.
Noticing him in the candle flame dancing quietly at the altar.
Perhaps the Spirit of God is like that candle flame, quietly dancing in your heart, waiting for YOU.
Waiting for you to notice him there.
Instead of fretting, cultivate the value of waiting times.
Choose to see these times as a gift.
Carry with you a few prayers and scriptures written on small cards.
Whisper single sentence prayers.
Close your eyes…….Notice God……..Know him.
Thank him for the Selahs in the music of your life.