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Have you ever had to wait for something? Of course you have! I think there are two kinds of wait: The first kind of wait is one of excitement. Like when you were a child waiting for Christmas. Or as an adult, waiting for the birth of a child.
The second kind of wait is the kind that is not considered exciting or fun…in fact, it’s more of a stressful time. Like when you are waiting on the Lord for an answer or for a miracle. When you start running out of patience…and you wonder if He is ever going to answer your prayers…or if He is even listening to your prayers!
That’s the kind of wait I had in mind when we put together this month’s Box. How do you handle that kind of wait? Well, the theme verse for this month’s Box is from Psalm 130 verse 5: I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope. Yes, we put our hope in His Word. And when we put our hope in His Word, it leads us to worship Him. So that’s the focus and title of this month’s Box: Worship in the Wait. And wait till you see how appropriate the title is…
First off, you are really in for a treat. Lincoln Brewster's newest CD, God of the Impossible is truly wonderful. So much so that I named this Box from the moving song titled, While I Wait. Lincoln’s wife Laura told me how Lincoln had written this song for her when she was going through a difficult season in her life. It is so powerful it is actually recorded twice and I am completely in love with the acoustic version (#14). Here is a sampling of the lyrics:
You’re faithful everyday
Your promises remain
Though I don’t understand it
I will worship with my pain
You are God, You are worthy
You are with me all the way.
While I wait I will worship
Lord, I'll worship Your name
While I wait I will trust You
Lord, I'll trust you all the same
Worshiping in the wait is exactly the “golden thread” that Darlene Zschech describes in her book, The Golden Thread - Experiencing God's Presence in Every Season of Life. Darlene writes, "A worshipful life does not need all the circumstances of our lives to be perfect. When our eyes are on Jesus, we will worship despite some circumstances, within some circumstances, but always in all circumstances.
At the bottom of your very worst day, worship.
At the height of your best day, worship.
Are you disappointed? Then worship.
Feeling rejected? Worship."
She then challenges us to declare the words of the psalmist:
But as for me, I will sing about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress. O my Strength, to you I sing praises, for you, O God, are my refuge, the God who shows me unfailing love. Psalm 59:16-17 NLT
I so loved Darlene’s challenge that I asked a dear friend to make a piece of art that we could display to help us remember to Worship in the Wait. This piece of art would look beautiful near the spot in your home where you spend your quiet time. It also would make a great gift!
Speaking of gifts, the very sweet Serenity for a Woman's Soul - 2020 Creative Planner can be gifted immediately or saved for the new year. It contains 17 months of inspiring prayers plus coloring pages, weekly, monthly and year-at-a-glance calendars and even contacts and to-do lists. I love how it matches the rest of the box!
The pack of assorted Christian greeting cards contains 12 beautiful cards that say just what you would want to say. Each card also has a Bible verse. Best of all? Each card also has a hymn on the back that matches the theme of that card, so that the people you care about can Worship in the Wait as well.
Whether you are currently in the waiting room or about to enter the waiting room, I pray that you will be encouraged to Worship in the Wait.