In The Shadow of His Wings

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“… the French word for “wait” is “attend.” Maybe there is something to learn here. Maybe we should think of waiting on God less as passively sitting around until something happens and more as actively attending — listening carefully for God’s voice and watching intently for evidence of His moving in our lives and in the world around us.” (

When you attend to someone’s needs, you are serving them. A waiter at a restaurant is an excellent example; they are literally waiting around, vigilantly watching to serve and attend to one’s every need. 

Many times, I fall into a trap of thinking that God doesn’t need me. And while I am correct to an extent because God is God and I certainly am not, I am mistaken! God placed us on this earth to be His hands and feet! The Church is to show God’s truth in words and actions here on the earth.

In Matthew 28:19-20, God commands and promises, “Go ye therefore and make disciples… baptize… TEACH… and I will be with you always…” This is the quintessential passage of God’s Word! It is, in essence the call – the charge – to Christians to be God’s hands and feet! So, what does this have to do with waiting? Well, amidst the waiting, we must attend to God’s needs – be His hands and feet! His needs are addressed in His charge to us in Matthew.

I charge you, sisters to take heart where you are! If you are in a place of waiting, attend to God’s desire! Serve faithfully, walk the trenches, reach out a hand to those in need, be a light! Tears are a beautiful way that God has given us a chance to speak to Him and those around us. If your waiting includes tears, let them flow, sister! Let them be a testimony to how much we love and trust our God to do what He promises only He can and will do.

“…and they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They will mount up with wings as eagles. They will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31.

Oh, my heart swells as I read that! As we wait, as we attend to the Lord, our Mighty, Heavenly Father has sweetly promised us that we will grow into a beautiful, powerful eagle!

Have you ever seen an eagle fly? When I lived in Alaska, I was picnicking on the banks of a lake with a friend, and we watched an eagle gracefully glide around the lake as we dined. He swooped around and about and continued to soar above the trees for a very long time without resting upon the branch of a tree. He had great stamina and strength and from his vantage point, he could see everything going on. You see, the deeper we fall in love with God, the deeper we lean into the shadow of His wings, the deeper we see His heartbeat for mankind and the further we remove ourselves from our own depravity.

There’s beauty in suffering, friends. It lends itself to pain. But, oh, there’s beauty in the coming joy! There’s beauty in being drained, for sometimes we find loss. There’s beauty in wondering, beauty in sadness. But wow, the beauty in the cross. The beauty in surrender brings welcomed grace. There’s beauty in waiting, beauty in being right here in this place.

I challenge you sisters: 
To serve.
To spread His light.
To bring peace.
To bring life.
Don’t waste the waiting. Don’t let it consume you.
He gives you His Truth.
Set an example.
In speech.
In life.
In love.
In faith. 

In purity.

I love you, friends. Be encouraged. Mount up like an eagle and soar high while resting in the shadow of His wings.


“… and they that wait upon the Lord will mount up with wings as eagles…”
Isaiah 40:31a


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