Did you gasp when you read “wait”? Who wants their word of the year to be an action that no one is good at. When it hit me that wait was my word for 2022, I was texting a friend about how my new iPhone would take a couple of weeks to arrive. In the text message, I said, “I am used to waiting these days. Waiting is my new MO.” The things I had been waiting on were silly first-world things. Every time I realized I was not going to get it instantly, not even 2 days Amazon Prime fast, I felt a peace and calmly resided to it, thinking, “It’s good for me to wait.”
Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.
Trust me when I tell you that that verse was not on my mind; I am not that spiritual. No, it was a week later while talking to another friend discussing our words for the year. She instantly started quoting Isaiah to me. I was taken aback. I knew God had told me that my word for 2022 was wait, but I never thought about it that way. I wasn’t thinking about waiting, giving me strength, allowing me to fly, and not tire. I was thinking about it from a gaining patience perspective.
It’s funny that I had not thought of one of the most precious promises of God in the Bible. I took waiting at its definitions value. I accepted with peace in my heart. I knew that would God make it clear that I would know what He wanted me to wait for. But Isaiah 40:31 into the mix, and well, it took my breath away.
When I sense God is telling me to do something, my usual MO is to look at it from the human side of things, what God will teach me. That’s not a bad thing. I am human, and I have a lot to learn. Yet God promises beautiful things when we allow ourselves to learn the ways of God. I will gain more patience in 2022, but I will be soaring` on the wings of eagles come 2023.