Since my days of being single have extended a couple of years beyond what I had planned, hoped or expected, I’ve had to revisit, corroborate and reacquaint myself with a verse which many of us have heard over the years shared by pastors, mentors, family members and (married) friends oftentimes throughout our journey, Psalm 27:14.

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord (From the original 1611 KJV Bible).

I admittedly have (sometimes) received this word of instruction with a “Yeah, yeah, I know this verse and I’ve waited, but NOTHING, share it with someone who cares!” kind of attitude. I know they were trying to be comforting and encouraging, but I just feel like the statute of limitations (at least on waiting for a spouse) has ended.

The truth is this verse applies to us now as it did when it was first penned by David over three thousand years ago, maybe even more so as we grow closer each day to what God has directed for us.

“Waiting” is so much bigger than (many of) our desires to be married, re-married or even have a relationship.

Waiting on the Lord encompass that job you’ve hoped for, the child you’ve wanted, the medical breakthrough you’ve prayed for, the relationship to be reconciled or the direction for your life.  

Sometimes we tend to confuse (and use) the command to “wait” as a time (or excuse) for us to take no action at all.

My heart has been heavy lately for the South Korean community in light of their recent tragedy, the sinking of the ferry, Sewol.

The boat was carrying 475 passengers and crew members, mostly high school students on a field trip, heading to the resort island of Jeju when it listed and sank.

As more details continue to be revealed about the cause, we have learned there were many missteps along the way which contributed to the tragedy. The ship’s cargo was overweight and insecurely tied down, the Captain left the helm to an inexperienced mate, and the crew was not instructed in emergency procedures.

However, there is one glaring fact that is the crux of the criminal action taking place - the crew’s command to those on board.

They instructed the passengers “not to move and to stay in place.”

The South Korean culture teaches young people to respect their elders and authorities, so most of the students did as they were told, to stay where they were and “wait” for help to come.

As we now know, the captain, along with his crew members all fled the sinking ship leaving the students to die. Over three hundred bodies have been recovered or are still missing. Most of those were just obeying the instructions they were given.

The lesson I take away from this is two-fold.

First, is what being told makes sense in that situation, and second, who is giving those orders?

What Makes Sense?

I’m on a ship that has now tilted to its side and I’m told to wait for help to come (and do nothing).

I understand the cultural upbringing, but the water level is rising, there are nearly five hundred people on board, it will take a lot of time and life boats to hold that many people and I have seen the Poseidon Adventure, Titanic, and Pearl Harbor.

In all of those tragedies, those who were eventually saved took action. They did not wait for others to come rescue them.  

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage.