It is amazing how songs speak to you and comfort you at different points in your life. I have found that there are different songs that speak to me and get me through my tough times. When I was pregnant for the third time, I was having a particularly tough time with coping with all that was going on in my life. There were a couple of songs by the Barlow Girls that really got to me. I think the songs were “Porcelain Heart” and “I need you to love me.” Now the song that I’m really loving as it reminds me how I want to live my life is “While I”m Waiting,” by John Waller.
“While I’m Waiting” has featured prominently into the movie “Fireproof” and is fitting for the movie, “Facing the Giants.” The song talks about being patient for God in the midst of our troubles and questions. What I like about the song is that it also spells out the attitude I would like to have while I’m waiting. I very much would like to live the lyrics of this song as I am waiting on many things, with God’s help and grace, to be resolved or improved. Every time I hear the song on the radio, I get the urge to turn the volume up and start singing away!
But in all seriousness, let me expound a little on the lyrics. The songs says that while I am waiting on the Lord, I am going to be hopeful and patient and faithful; I will continue to worship and praise God; I will still run the race while I wait; I will act boldly and confidently and obediently; even if while I wait things are painful.
Many people today live hurried lives and we expect instant gratification and quick, real-time solutions. We don’t want to wait for things to be resolved and often in a state of panic will quickly act to resolve matters ourselves instead of waiting for the Lord. About the only thing that comes to mind for which most people are joyfully willing to wait is the birth and arrival of a baby. No modern medicine has quickened that elapsed time from conception to birth. However, when faced with struggles, it is easier to give up than to wait. We exhibit attitudes that don’t go along well with waiting.
What I like about this song, however, is that it describes a way to wait and almost compels the listener to recommit themselves to the Lord each and every day and every moment to have the patience and the hope to see the journey through to the end. The song doesn’t promise that waiting will be easy but that in spite of the struggle, we should turn more to the Lord rather than becoming impatient and disregarding Him. It reminds me how Jesus Christ continued to worship God even though he knew the ultimate task that lay before him in going to the cross. We are asked to be like Jesus Christ, and so we must learn to wait for God’s plan and timing to unfold, all the while worshiping and praising God and leaning on Him during these challenging times.
Additionally, there are several verses that talk about waiting and patience. Here are just a few:
“I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.” — Psalm 40: 1 – 3
“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I put my hope.” — Psalm 130:5
“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” — Isaiah 30:18
These verses echo the song’s sentiments – we must continually go back to God as we travel through our faith journeys. He will hear us and give us hope. This hope will give us the strength to endure and to remain faithful to God. God will show us compassion and reward our faithfulness, often in ways we can’t even fathom.
So, I leave you with this prayer to consider:
Dear God, please be with me while I wait. Please bless me while I wait. Let me be obedient and your servant while I wait. May I continue to worship you and praise you. For you give me hope and for that I am thankful. In your Son’s name, Amen.