Alongside the pressures of purpose there is another strain we experience, the difficulty of waiting for Yahweh to ‘get around to it!’ Waiting time may even be one of the most severe tests He can give us. It is thought-provoking that David advised, “Be still and wait patiently for [Yahweh] to act” (Psalm 37:7 NIRV). How long he had to wait before his boyhood anointing as Israel’s future king became a reality. And oh, the trouble he encountered during his wait. Are you ‘chomping at the bit’ as you wait for Yahweh to make good His promises? Or to answer your prayers? Or to make known His purposes? It has been well said that waiting time is never wasted time.
I have a friend who plays the viola and I love to listen to the beautiful music she makes when all the strings on her instrument are tuned [stretched] to exactly the correct pitch! It is a fact, is it not, that a loose string, with no strain on it would be of no use to her. Rev. A.B. Sims writes that unless the string ‘is stretched until it cries out when the bow is drawn over it, there is no music at all.’ As our life quivers under the Master’s Hand, which expertly tunes us for His purpose, let us pause a moment to rest in the knowledge that He knows exactly what He is about, and under His sure guidance our lives will make music, melodies of His own composition.