I had a dream the other night that was incredibly vivid, and such an amazing picture of what God does for us right in the middle of our distress. Yes. We have an enemy who seeks to steal, kill, and destroy - yet we serve a God of peace, strength, protection, and life.
In my dream, I was led by a dark or shadowy figured helicopter pilot into his old, rickety, rusted, 2 seater, open aired (no windows) helicopter, and he took off from the rooftop of a tall building. As he took off from the building, the helicopter stalled - and I heard the pilot say “uh oh.”
The pilot knowing he was in trouble, jumped out of the front of the helicopter (correct, no windows). Nope, the shadowy pilot didn’t care about my safety one bit and never told me to jump - yet I jumped out too.
We both were hanging onto the cables and poles of street lights high above NYC. The pilot, easily worked his way back to safety - but I hung there - and looking down, it would have been a very long fall.
I waited. And waited. I was waiting for a fire truck (servants of The Lord) to come and rescue me. Yet. I didn’t see a fire truck coming. I knew it would be a long while. But. There was zero panic, and I had tons of strength in both my arms. In fact, there was no strain on my arms, hands, or wrists. I could have hung there as long as I needed to wait. Yes. Wait.
The Lord Himself stalled the plans of that helicopter pilot. The Lord caused that helicopter to fail, and He Himself rescued me when I didn’t even know I was in trouble. Without me knowing, God delivered me from the plans of evil simply because I love Him.
“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.”
Now here’s the thing.
I still had to wait to see my FULL way out of the plans of the enemy. I was safe while I waited, but my waiting was ACTIVE.
Yes. I was safe while I held on. I could have for no good reason other than my own impatience let go of that pole. But I had no reason to let go because my arms never lacked strength. Why?
“they who wait (qavah) for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
This Hebrew word qavah, is an active waiting - not a passive waiting. It’s not a sit on the couch type of waiting, rather it’s an action verb that implies eager, expectant, and participatory waiting. Yes. We wait in strength! We wait and get renewed! We abide (STAND) in The Father and all of our needs are met as we PARTICIPATE with God in our waiting.
Yes. I was an active participant in my waiting. I had to choose to hold on. I had to choose NOT to let go. No matter how long the wait, I had to do my part and STAND with God. Or splat.
God loves you. He will deliver you from evil. While you eagerly wait in your circumstances, be sure to GROW and bless those right around you. Be a participant in your own healing. Abide or stand in God like bone. Refuse to let go of your God. Refuse to let go of what God has promised you.
Folks. Jesus knew the cross was coming. I can’t imagine what that waiting was like. Yet. Jesus was promised a kingdom and life for all those who believe in His name. For the joy set before Him, he hung on to the cross once He was there.
You can hang on too.