Theme of the Year

Are you one of those people that name a year before it begins? I have friends that will declare the theme of a year on January 1st. I used to think that you could name a year, but this year, I was learned differently.

I could have never guessed what the theme of this year would be. I wouldn’t have guessed how hard it would be. I wouldn’t have known the fear and the panic that I would face, or the sleepless nights. I wouldn’t have known the pain that I would feel as I waited for the one thing that my heart longs for the most.

The theme that has emerged, the theme that I have wrestled with in hospital waiting rooms and in the middle of the night in my home, is “wait”.

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Webster’s Dictionary defines “wait” as

: to stay in a place until an expected event happens, until someone arrives, until it is your turn to do something, etc.

: to not do something until something else happens

: to remain in a state in which you expect or hope that something will happen soon

Those definitions feel so hopefully. They are not close to what the Psalmist feels about waiting.

Psalm 130 (ESV)

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
    O Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
    to the voice of my pleas for mercy!

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
    O Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
    that you may be feared.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
    and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
    more than watchmen for the morning,
    more than watchmen for the morning.

O Israel, hope in the Lord!
    For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
    and with him is plentiful redemption.
And he will redeem Israel
    from all his iniquities.

From the Psalmist’s account, waiting is to be full of hope.

Do you normally have hope when you wait?

This post is part of the 31 Days Writing Challenge, in which a group of writers post a piece every day for the month of October. 

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