Monday, August 23, 2010

Waiting . . .

As we wait to hear back from our caseworker regarding the completed translation of our dossier, I started thinking about the word "wait" itself.  As an English major, you will have to forgive my affinity for linguistics and the derivation of words. :) One of my favorite dictionaries is Webster's 1828 Dictionary (thank you CHA for introducing me to it back in the 9th grade!).  I love looking at how Webster defined things because he always made biblical references.

What I find wonderfully beautiful about the word "wait" is its rich depth of meaning.  It is so much more than just sitting around waiting for something to happen.  There is a whole element to it that refers to service and submissive attendance.  So in the midst of my lament over the fact that the next few months will be filled with waiting, God gently reminded me that instead of waiting for something, I should be ready to serve and attend Him!  Once I take my eyes off the issue or trial (i.e. infertility, will I ever have a child, etc.) and place them on my ever faithful and loving Father, His wonderful plan and desires for my life become my desires, and I can serve Him as I was created to do and point others to Him.  Of course, this is a day by day, sometimes moment by moment, refocusing on Him, and I am so thankful for all my wonderful brothers and sisters in the Lord who are lifting us up in prayer!

"To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.  But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Corinthians 12:7-10),wait 

WAIT, v.i. [The sense is to stop, or to continue.] 

1. To stay or rest in expectation; to stop or remain stationary, till the arrival of some person or event.
2. To stay proceedings, or suspend any business, in expectation of some person, event, or the arrival of some hour. The court was obliged to wait for a witness.
3. To rest in expectation and patience.

All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. Job 14.
4. To stay; not to depart.

Haste, my dear father, tis no time to wait.
5. To stay; to continue by reason of hindrance.
6. To lie in ambush, as an enemy.

Such ambush waited to intercept thy way.
7. To wait on or upon, to attend, as a servant; to perform menial services for; as, to wait on a gentleman; to wait on the table.
To wait on,

1. To attend; to go to see; to visit on business or for ceremony. Tell the gentleman I will wait on him at ten oclock.

2. To pay servile or submissive attendance.

3. To follow, as a consequence; as the ruin that waits on such a supine temper. [Instead of this, we use await.]

4. To look watchfully.

It is a point of cunning to wait on him with whom you speak, with your eye. [Unusual.]

5. To attend to; to perform.

Aaron and his sons shall wait on their priests office. Numbers 3, 8. Romans 12.

6. To be ready to serve; to obey. Psalm 25. Proverbs 20.
To wait at, to attend in service; to perform service at. 1 Corinthians 9.
To wait for, to watch, as an enemy. Job 15.

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