The Thought for the Week this week was written by Susie Sharkey

by Susie Jean Sharkey

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up on wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40 v 31


Not many of us like the word ‘wait’.  It conjures up so many different scenarios in our mind and always there is the sense of hanging around and doing nothing. We don’t think that anything is ever accomplished while waiting. We want to get on, we want to ‘do’, we want to feel as if we are making a difference by running around (sometimes in circles!) when in reality we are accomplishing very little or nothing at all. Waiting seems irksome, we realise we are impatient and we just want to ‘get the job done’.

Sometimes God tells us to ‘wait’. And as we are obedient and as we learn what it means to ‘wait on God’ we come to appreciate that it is not a time of idleness nor is there a sense of being in vacuum. The time of waiting is the time when God draws close to us, when He teaches us patience, when He strengthens us for the task that lies ahead; it’s a time when He causes us to renew our strength in Him.

There is so much to learn in the time of waiting, God’s timing is perfect and when He says ‘fly’ then surely we shall mount up on wings as eagles, we shall run and not grow weary, we shall walk and not faint.

Let your prayer to God this week be ‘Lord, help me to wait on you and not run ahead on my own. Let me see the time of waiting as a time of richness and blessing and when the time comes, I will be ready to go wherever you lead’