Why the Best Way to Wait is in Community

Why the Best Way to Wait is in Community

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
    and in his word I put my hope.

{PSALM 130:5}

The other day, I was organizing some books in my night stand when I came across an old journal. I recognized this journal as the one I had begun early in my first pregnancy, eight years ago. Tucked inside the front cover were medical slips from doctor visits. I had been going to the lab a few times a week to have my blood drawn. My numbers were dropping instead of increasing. I remembered how we had prepared ourselves for the loss.

The healing process was a time of waiting and rest. The kindness of family and close friends brought me comfort. Among the mementos in my journal was this special note: “I am with you…I’m here and my heart breaks in awkward and deep places right beside you.” Having the companionship of friends to wait with me was a gift.

I thought about the story of Elizabeth and Mary from the book of Luke, chapter 1. God had allowed Elizabeth to bear a child in her old age; that child was John the Baptist. In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, an angel of the Lord also visited her cousin, a young virgin named Mary; she was to be the mother of Jesus.

At that time, Mary had gone to stay at the home of her cousin Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She exclaimed, “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” (Luke 1:45).

The two women rejoiced with one another in their time of waiting. Together they worshiped God for his faithfulness. Later when it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy (Luke 1:57-58).

When others come alongside us in our waiting they become witnesses, and together we enter in to the miracle.



Read the verse for today:  PSALM 130:5 (NIV)


Look up today’s verse. Have a pen and paper ready.

  1. Write down the Bible verse.
  2. Find the key word and circle it.
  3. Look up the definition of the word (notice how it is used in context).
  4. If you are reading from a different translation of the Bible, which word is used instead?
  5. Underline where you find a promise. Find the heart of this verse and mark it with a heart shape.

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What does this verse reveal about God’s heart? How does this truth refresh your soul? Turn this into your prayer today.

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