Psalm 40: Waiting on the Wing

“I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. ” (Psalm 40:1-2)

Did you see the amazing pictures from that plane crash in New York a few years ago? They made a move about it. A US Airways Jet with about 150 people aboard had a problem after take off and crash landed—successfully—into the Hudson River. As the plane slowly sank, passengers stood on the wings waiting for boats to come and pick them up. Everyone survived.

ps40_350Just guessing, but I doubt those passengers were angry with the captains of the boats that picked them up. Nobody standing on the wing of that disappearing plane refused to wait one more minute. How could they? They waited as long as it took for those good captains to rescue them.

When you’ve been rescued once, twice, three times by your good God, you begin to trust his timing. He never shows up late; that helps me to wait with patience. He always sets me down in a solid, dry spot; that helps me wait with confidence in his goodness.

Think: How patient are you when waiting on God to meet your needs? When he doesn’t arrive as soon as you’d like him to, do you wonder if maybe he’s not so good?

Pray: Thank God for showing you his goodness by meeting your needs in the past, including your need to be rescued from hard circumstances sometimes. Ask him to help you to wait patiently for his timing in your life today.

Do: Check out the story and some of the pictures from that plane crash.