Strength Will Rise As We Wait Upon the Lord
In the middle of March we sang “Everlasting God” at the 11am service, which led me to reflect on the verse “Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord.” Beyond the Lenten season and Holy Week there are many times throughout the year where we find ourselves waiting, sometimes not so patiently, at the cross of Christ.
Just over three years ago I can remember a time in my life where it seemed like everything was moving too fast and no matter what I tried to do I could not seem to manage to slow things down. With each week came new challenges and deadlines to tackle and there came a point when I realized I was going about it all wrong. On my drive home from working on a paper at the seminary library I got a call that made me pull to the side of the road. As I hung up the phone with tears running down my face I looked up and said “I just can’t do this anymore God” and in that instant a great peace fell over me. I finally realized that I couldn’t do everything on my own and although this didn’t fix all of the stress in my life it made me realize that I was not meant to carry this burden alone.
When we become impatient and begin trying to take control of every part of our lives we begin carrying a burden which we are not strong enough to handle on our own. God has called us to wait patiently at the cross to rely on His strength and timing for our lives. As we come out of Easter Sunday with anticipation of the year ahead know that God is in control and find strength as you wait upon Him.
Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
Erik Haugen, Contemporary Worship Leader