Your daily dose of true beauty advice…
I wait for you, O Lord, you will answer, O Lord my God. Psalm 38:15
Have you ever had a cup of the coffee they serve in hotel hallways or lobbies? …It’s not the best-tasting stuff and may have been sitting there for hours. Sometimes when I’m traveling, I’ll spot the coffee, sniff the aroma, and often I’m tempted to scarf down a cup. If I’m in a hurry, I’m thinking less about quality and more about caffeine!
Ah, but if I know there’s a gourmet coffee kiosk at the airport… serving up a fresh ground heavenly brew, then I say, “Hmmm, I think I can wait a half hour.” I know it will pay off…
This is at least some of what it means to “wait on the Lord.” Waiting on God does not mean passive indifference—hanging around and doing nothing. It has more to do with saying “no” to impulsive, spur-of-the-moment actions or decisions, and by so doing, saying “yes” to something you know will satisfy much better on down the line.
Those who have not yet learned how to wait on the Lord may tend to indulge in something immediate that only half satisfies. But Christians who have fostered a degree of self-control—Christians who know God better—don’t mind putting pleasure on hold. They know something better is brewing down the line.
~Joni Eareckson Tada in “Putting Pleasure on Hold,” Joni and Friends Daily Devotional, May 2, 2012