Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up on wings like eagles. They will walk and not grow weary, run and shall not faint. Is. 40:31
Be still and know He is God. Ps. 46:10
This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed. Hab 2:3
Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Ps. 37:7
It's no coincidence that so often the Lord commands us to not only to wait, but to be still while we are waiting. It's easy to wait when you've got something to do. It's a much harder edict when you have nothing to do.
Be still my soul. Be still.
So. In an information age of instant everything, fast food, the literal world at our fingertips, how do you wait patiently upon the Lord and be still while you do it? Look around... everytime there is a 30 second pause in our lives - we're on our phones, making small talk, looking for something to do other than nothing.
I think it begins with the acknowledgment that we are a Priesthood of Believers and as Priests, we carry His presence and because of the cross, have direct passage to Him. Therefore, where ever we are, is where we have access to where He is. When you think of it that way, we don't really have a choice. Our still moments with nothing to do have to turn into still moments with no other choice BUT to be still in His presence. He's there...the Holy High King and Jewel of Heaven...in the room. Sure, He's the Lord and can announce His presence anyway He chooses, but often, it's in the stillness, while we wait, that He elects to manifest His presence.
Shoes come off - head bows...the Holy-ness and heresy of the moment kicks in:
He's in the room, people...and I'm on my phone.
How often do we miss His presence? Do we dare think we're better than even the half brother James who LIVED with the Presence-Incarnate and didn't even see it? It's possible to miss it - we get busy, we lose the art of quieting ourselves - I've missed it an innumerable amount of times myself, but in these days, when I'm having to be a bit more still - and wait - and be still - and wait - He's teaching me to tune my ears to the susurration of heaven so I don't miss Him - even in the quiet - even when I struggle to hear. He's got things He wants to say in these days and is beckoning me to a deeper stillness: to learn the art of being desperate to embrace the reticence so I can really hear His heart.
Be still my ransacked heart - He's here.
Wait for it and wait for it and wait for it and above all - get still. The presence of the Most High is in the room.
Tara is Greg's girl, mom to two sons of thunder, a hunger fighter, big dreamer and worship pastor at seacoast church.