Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when men succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
What is the secret to comedy?
OK, that joke probably makes no sense at all in writing. Timing is so vital to everything in our life. As a teacher, we often pose questions and wait. We don’t wait for an answer, we wait for time to think. Too often the overzealous student pipes in before the question even leaves your lips wanting to please with an answer. Others will focus too much on details and run the class down an unrelated path. But when it works right, the students have had just enough time to think, process thoughts in their brains, and with just a few prompts from a teacher AHA! That’s it!
Waiting patiently on the Lord allows us to reflect. If we’re told to be still before the Lord, it is on him who we reflect. Pondering his being waiting for his prompts and hoping to gain his insight. But often, we jump ahead. We think we already know the answers so we blurt them out and try to move on to the next thing. When we’re expected to go deeper, we get impatient and start to look around. We see the rest of the world moving, moving , moving. “OK God, I’ve got it, now let me go. Look over there, look at what they’re doing.”
Do not fret.