“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope.” (Psalm 130:5)
Until we learn how to “wait for the Lord,” there can never really be any real hope of genuine transformation, because we will constantly be trying to do it ourselves. We cannot manufacture or manipulate the process of holiness. We must learn how to stop trying to make things happen and learn how to let things happen. Until we stop trying to force or manipulate or control the process, we are destined for a life of frustration, futility, and failure. Only God can transform, and only when we learn what it means to “wait for the Lord” can transformation become a real possibility for us.
Forgive me, O Lord, when I fail to wait for you; when I try to make things happen rather than letting them happen; when I try to force and control and manipulate things—or speed them up—rather than allowing them to unfold at your speed. Help me to learn what it means to truly wait for you. Amen.