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Please Don't Wait

O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name." Daniel 9:19 NIV

But Lord, be merciful to us, for we have waited for you. Be our strong arm each day and our salvation in times of trouble. Isaiah 33:2 NLT

Waiting for God to act in a certain way can be a really long wait. When we let go of our ideas of how things should go down, it usually goes better! This song was written about a specific situation that still remains unresolved, in my mind. It doesn't feel so desperate now, partly because it has been so long, and because I can see ways that God is at work, even though He’s not doing what I’d like Him to do.

This song is a prayer that God wouldn't delay, because we're waiting for Him, counting on Him to come through for us. We've already been waiting so long to see any progress, it feels foolish to keep asking. We're powerless to change some situations, and sometimes I feel that hard hearts are impossible to melt. Or are they? And could God use them for some other purpose?

Most of the times in our lives, we don't get to see God working in, around, through, behind...He's infinitely resourceful and creative, and I fear that most of the time, I'm not. I'm impatient, linear, fearful and unimaginative. Do it this way, and do it now. But God is big. His ways are not my ways (thankfully!), and He has plans He doesn’t let me in on. I will choose to trust Him, and choose to accept His timetable.