Waiting on the LORD is not like waiting on a bus to arrive, impatiently looking down the street and then glancing at our watch. When we wait quietly upon the LORD it means that we have total faith in him and trust in his unfailing faithfulness and in his great love and compassion for us. We wait patiently and expectantly with an open heart. We are always eagerly anticipating what he will do. “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for him” (Ps 37:7 KJV). Our creator has supreme power and sovereignty and is always faithful in his relationship with us!
While we lived in Germany we had the opportunity to travel to the Alps, which were only a couple of hours away from our first home. I was enthralled with the beauty and Karl was really hyped and ready to ride a gondola up to one of the peaks to take pictures of the panorama. As you might guess, my fear of the inner-ear problem I had experienced on another gondola ride kept me super-glued to the ground in the valley. Karl, reluctant to go without me yet excited for the adventure, at my insistence stepped into the gondola and was whisked far out of my sight to the glories in the sky above.
A young man carrying a load of various paraphernalia was one of the many passengers who emptied out of the gondola when they reached the peak. Karl strolled about taking pictures for about twenty minutes and came to a smooth area at the edge of a cliff. There he saw that the young man had assembled a hang-glider and was zipping himself into the cocoon in preparation for a jump off the mountain. People were gathering to watch, thrilled and also frightened at the risk this man was taking. After a while they became somewhat impatient when he sat down for a long period of time just looking out over the mountain tops. One man approached him and asked why he didn’t proceed with his jump. The young man replied that he was waiting for “just the right wind.”
When we think about jumping off a mountain we naturally envision jumping down toward the valley below. Karl was amazed as he watched the young man simply step off the mountain and soar upwards, lifted higher and higher by the strong air currents, till he was far above not only the valley but the mountain peaks as well.
Because of my fear and lack of faith I missed a mountain top experience with Karl and also with the Lord, who could have overcome my problem and kept me from getting dizzy. The young man stepped off a cliff when the right time came, risking his life, because he trusted in the hang-glider, his knowledge and experience, and the strong wind currents to carry him far above to enjoy the thrill of freedom, happiness and beauty few will ever dare to experience.
Those that live a Jesus lifestyle wait upon the Lord, trusting implicitly in his timing and direction and are swept up in his strong arms to places of freedom, joy and beauty. They soar above the valleys of life and even the mountain tops of earthly happiness. From this vantage point with him the things of this world are put in their proper place and they view every problem and situation from his perspective. We have to remember who our Lord is and trust him to carry us safely to the mountain tops. From there we can also take that step of faith off any mountain of supposed security and soar upwards with him.
" Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded? He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
“To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
"Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.
"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
" He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
" Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in (wait upon KJV) the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar (mount up KJV) on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." (Isa. 40:21, 22, 25, 26, 28-31)
Our enemy would have us think that we are “jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire” when we dare to trust the Lord. He wants us to think the hang-glider will rip apart or the wind will fail and we will drop to the depths below.
The truth is that the invitation we are given is the opportunity to live in the freedom of faith in our Almighty God and mount up on wings like eagles, soaring exactly as Jesus did, resting secure in the Father’s arms, transcendent in Christ.