The Discipline of Dropping Things
“Those who wait on the Lord…” ~ Isaiah 40:31
By Jill Briscoe
When I begin to “wait” on the Lord, the difference will be felt deep down within me. He will do “a new thing” inside, while the old things outside remain the same. There will be a difference! But I shall need to learn the discipline of dropping things from my busy schedule. I will not get all accomplished in a day. Some important tasks will not get done, because the all-important must.
“But I will meet with Thee, my God! You and I shall talk together. Then You will tell me not to dwell upon the past—to forget the former things. You will make a way in the desert and pour streams into the wasteland. You will give my thirsty soul a drink! As I learn to listen to the heartbeat of Your soul, You will help me to rejoice. We will talk about our children, and I shall draw courage from Your promises to Israel. I will hear You say, ‘My Spirit and my blessing shall be theirs, and they shall blossom’” (Is. 44:3-4).
Yes, there will be a difference when I wait—not a change of circumstance without, but certainly a change of attitude within. Dropping the lesser to pick up the greater must become a daily habit, a question of necessity, not choice. A life like the one awaiting us in heaven. If I will but wait upon the Lord, then other things will have to wait. My schedule will not be my master, but my slave. Time is for choosing to take time – to make time – for eternal things.