I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40 v1
Those two words 'waited' and 'patiently' aren't very often seen together. The fact of the matter is, very few of us wait patiently for anything - ever! Sometimes we wait, and sometimes we are patient but very rarely do both occur at the same time. Our waiting is usually done with drumming fingers, stomping feet, yelling, kicking, sometimes screaming, exasperated that whatever we are waiting for should have come/happened by now and why am I having to wait? In the 21st century, we tend to be a very impatient people, expecting everything 'now', and having to wait can seem a very alien concept.
There is a grace in waiting, and waiting patiently. It is a gracious spirit that waits patiently for God to help us, to answer us, to turn to us and hear our cry. It takes trust to wait patiently, knowing that His timing is perfect and He will indeed move on our behalf, but on His time and on His terms. The psalmist surely had both a gracious spirit and trust in God when he penned those words so many years ago. But they are as relevant to us today as they were when they were first written. We need to learn what it means to wait patiently. There is an expectation in our spirit when we wait patiently, we know that God has heard us and He is going to move at the right moment on our behalf and all will be well.
Let us allow God to train us to wait patiently, and let's not miss out through our own impatience, on anything God would do for us.