I have a suspicion that waiting for the Lord is not as cut and dried as it seems to be. For while we are waiting for God to move or to speak or to act, he is also waiting for us. He is waiting for us to finally come to the end of ourselves and fully depend on him. He is waiting for us to stop trusting in our own gifts and abilities and efforts, and, instead, trust fully in him. He is waiting for us to stop trying so hard to manage and manipulate and control everything, so that space can be made for him to move and to act. He is waiting for us to finally let go of our self-sufficiency and prayerlessness and cry out to him in desperation and surrender.
How long, O Lord, how long? How long will it take for us to finally realize that we cannot do it on our own, and fully turn to you? Lord, have mercy!
Forgive us, O Lord, for our self-sufficiency and prayerlessness. Humble us, and help us to pray and to seek your face and turn from our wicked ways, that you might hear our prayers and forgive our sins and heal our land. Amen.