“Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.” Isaiah 40:30-31
Wait for the Lord. To wait for the Lord means to pay attention, to watch for signs, to be patient. To do so we must cease to focus on ourselves and turn our focus to God to seek His wisdom, His counsel, and to anticipate His good.
When I focus on Him, I often find that the time spent waiting passes more quickly. This applies whether waiting in line at the grocery store, at the hospital for a loved one in surgery, or waiting on a major life change for myself or a loved one.
Patience is a virtue, but one that we each have in varying amounts. When we focus on the Lord we don’t have to worry about being patient. We are so busy concentrating on the source of all good, the source of all hope, and the source of all life, that we don’t have time to be impatient. We just trust instead. Patience actually is trust. In patience we trust in His timing, and in His outcome.
Faith is the grace by which we see beyond ourselves to God. Faith enables us to pray for His help, and to believe that He will help, and to be certain it will be the best outcome possible for all involved. Faith is certainty. In faith we are certain He is listening, certain He is there for us.
The Holy season of Lent is a time when we wait in hope for the Lord. While we wait for Him, we gain strength through patience and faith. The hardest waiting period of the entire liturgical year is that of Holy Week as we participate in the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and anticipate His Resurrection. We watch as He is beaten, scourged, crowned with thorns, made to carry the weight of our sins upon the cross, brutally nailed to that same cross, unmercifully speared piercing His Most Sacred Heart, and then left hung upon that cross to die for us.
And then, we wait. We wait for Our Risen Lord. Through our Lenten journey we have learned to cease focusing on ourselves and have turned all of our focus to God in anticipation of His Son. We now wait in patience, in faith, and in certainty. We know.