I am certain that I will see the LORD’s goodness in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and courageous. Wait for the LORD. – Psalm 27:13-14
Activity without movement, action, or apparent progress is called “hovering.” It also pictures being outside true achievement and accomplishment while others are more involved. I do not like to hover. Thankfully, waiting on the Lord is none of these things.
There was significant period of time between Samuel’s anointing of David (the shepherd) and Israel’s crowning of David (the king). During that time, David (the man) was frequently tested (Goliath’s challenge, Saul’s rage, his own faithfulness and patience … you get the picture).
As it was with David, it is with each of us. There is always movement, action, and progress when you are waiting on the Lord, but it may remain unseen until that moment when the Lord is ready for your waiting to end. In the fullness of God’s timing, the spiritual progress made is usually clarified, and the growth achieved is applied to the next assignment. God’s purposes are always ultimately fulfilled. The ultimate test is to be strong and courageous while you wait.
One of the great disadvantages of hurry is that it takes such a long time. – G. K. Chesterton