Sunday, January 30, 2011


“But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.” (Isaiah 40:31 Amplified Bible)

The above scripture is one of my all-time favorites. I’m sure I’ve written about this verse, or some aspect of this verse, many times. I always like to refer to the Bible versions that use the word “hope” instead of the word “wait.” When I’m writing or talking about this verse, I always say that “hope” is an acronym for:

H   eart
O   f
P   eace [and]
E   xpectation

I am, however, beginning to like the word “wait.” Generally speaking, I think we avoid that word. In this instant age in which we live, we don’t want to wait for anything. At least, I don’t. I have so many things written in my planner and on my “to do” list and in my Blackberry, I don’t have time to wait for anything. But that is not how God wants me and you to live. He’s called us to a life of obedience and service—not a life of being so busy that I “meet myself coming as I’m going.”

Last Sunday, the Youth/Young Adult Choir at the church where I work, led the congregation in worship. This group of young people is absolutely on fire for God. It is evident in their faces and in their music. They sang a beautiful song called “I Don’t Mind Waiting.” The director of the choir had taken the words of “I Don’t Mind Waiting” by Juanita Bynum and “Bow Down” by Bishop Paul Morton and combined the two songs. Although the words were simple, the song was powerful and worshipful. So worshipful that I could almost smell the fragrance of worship as it ascended to the heavens.

I Don’t Mind Waiting

I don’t mind waiting,

I don’t mind waiting,

I don’t mind waiting on the Lord,

I don’t mind waiting,

I don’t mind waiting,

I don’t mind waiting on the Lord,

Bow down and worship Him

Worship Him

Oh, worship Him.

Bow down and worship Him

Enter in

Oh, Enter in.

This is holy ground

This is Holy Ground

So come and bow down.

Abba Father, Help us to wait upon You and to not mind waiting. There is so much You desire to teach us and show us as we wait for Your answers. Give us ears to hear, a mind to comprehend and a heart to receive. We don’t mind waiting on You, Lord. Amen.


© Edwina Cowgill 2011


Anonymous said...

As you know I have also said many times this is my very favortie verse in the bible also, because my daddy told me to keep reading it. I like the word hope also beause it seems that is what keeps us all feeling better when things gets so bad in our every day life, but hope is waiting on God everyday to help us.
Thanks for this message

Edwina said...

Glad you enjoyed the message!