Psalm 130:5 (NRSV)
“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.”
Is your soul waiting?
There is waiting, and there is waiting of the soul. There is a big difference. Sometimes we simply wait for something to happen. When the psalmist wrote, “my soul waits,” he wrote of the heartfelt trust and confidence he held for the one for whom he waits, the Lord. Nearly everyone who receives this note, nearly every eye that reads this TMTS, is waiting under the order to “shelter in place.” The threat of an overwhelming spread of COVID-19 illness, incapacitating medical facilities around the world, has brought about this order. The hope is that as we wait the cases of COVID-19 will increase at a manageable rate allowing hospitals to care for the very ill. It is said the peak of COVID-19 cases will hit the U.S. in three weeks, April 14. Our waiting may successfully blunt that peak. As we wait, we hope that one day we can return to a more social life. It can be tiring. The psalmist was writing to the people of God, and they were growing tired of waiting for redemption by the Lord. They had been waiting for years. Have you noticed the way waiting becomes more intense as time goes by? Every time the shelter in place order is extended, every time we are reminded to “keep our distance” and “wash our hands,” our hope is shaken. Thus, we are all encouraged by the psalmist, “Hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love.” When you believe the greatest power in your life loves you, you can hold out, though your soul intensely waits. Is your soul waiting? The COVID-19 pandemic will subside and we will joyously flee our shelters. Until then, let us hope in the Lord’s great loving power to sustain us.
“Waiting is spelled, T-R-U-S-T.” Tina & Dave Samples, from their book, Messed Up Men of the Bible