Watching

It can be one of those difficult things about our faith in God.

A psalmist declares,

“Oh Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch.”
Psalm 5:3

Did you catch it?  Most of us understand the need to pray, and that we should pray to God.  A lot of us even do it in the morning to get it over with (snark).  But it’s the last part that haunts us….”and watch.”

Watching is 1 of 3 things: waiting, watching or some combination of both.

We don’t like to wait.  Just ask anyone who has taken your order that you’ve been rude to because it took longer than 2 minutes to get.  With God, you have to learn to wait.  When you pray, wait.  As you lead, wait.  In your wondering, wait.  Rihanna said to “work, work, work, work, work.”  I’m telling you to wait, wait, wait, wait, wait.  Dancing is not optional.

But watching can also be just that. Watching.  Watching how God is working.  Watching what God is doing.  Watching a change take place in you or around you.  Watching the glory of God unfold as you finally begin to pay attention.

Watching. Even as you wait.

Yes, watching can be one of the difficult things about our faith in God, but it doesn’t have to be.

Later, the psalmist would say,

“But let all who take refuge in you rejoice…”

Psalm 5:11

You may have to watch (and wait), but you’re watching God.  So, let your watching be rejoicing.

Stay blessed…john

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