But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 (ESV)

 

It is not easy to wait for the Lord. But the rewards for doing so are very great. In Biblical times Sarah, Hannah and Elizabeth bore sons—Issac, Samuel and John (the Baptist) respectively, after long periods of waiting. The children of Israel waited in the wilderness for forty years before entering Canaan. Simeon waited a lifetime to see the baby Jesus (Luke 2:25-35).

 

In more modern time we find that William Wilberforce waited until his deathbed to see slavery abolished in England. The early missionaries often waited many years to reap their first converts to Christ. The Civil Rights movement in America only bore significant fruit after many years of struggle and frequent setbacks.

 

The progress that I have made as a person with a chemical imbalance has taken over thirty years. When I write the word progress I do so despite what appears to be serious setbacks that I have encountered during the last twenty-eight years since being forced to retire in 1992. My progress has been one of spirit, not of body.

 

While my thought disorder, insomnia and mood disorder have not improved to the degree that I would like, my spirit is more at peace with God. I have learned to wait out and rebound from a sleepless night with more alacrity and composure. My fear of death is disappearing, and my strength of character is improving sharply.

 

A prayer you may pray with me: “Dear God, thank You for teaching me how to more adequately wait and be patient. Help me to be strong in all my encounters with the obstacles in my way. Teach me to be patient with myself and not to try to rush You. Amen.”

 

-John Lashbrook