I once asked someone the question, “How are you doing?” They replied, “I feel like I have been marching around Jericho for several days.”
That interesting response happened several years ago and I’m not sure if I ever truly knew what it meant, until recently. Thanks to COVID-19, I may now understand.
You see, as Coronavirus wears on, I feel worn down by the social-distancing, the frequent hand sanitizing and hand washing, and grasping the ever-changing safety guidelines. I feel like I’m on a merry-go-round and can’t get off.
I wonder how the Israelites felt as they marched around Jericho? I’m sure many were so fixated on God’s words about a victory that they were full of energy and excited. But I imagine there was at least one guy, maybe he was way back at the back of the pack, who heard God speak of an impending victory, but all he could see was the tunic and the sandals of the guy in front of him. He was tired, hot, and constantly breathing in dust. By day five he probably did not want to walk around Jericho again.
I’ll be honest with you. Sometimes I feel like that guy. He was not giving up on God’s word of hope and victory; he was just tired of living in “The Wait”. What about you?
For believers, “The Wait” is an important time of spiritual development. God always meets us as we wait. It is in times of waiting that we receive clarification of our call. It is in times of waiting when we are renewed by God’s strength. It is in times of waiting when we grow more dependent upon God.
COVID-19 and all the things we are doing will pass. Be patient, wait well, and remember: “…those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31