Act 7:31 When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold it, the voice of the Lord came unto him,
Act 7:32 Saying, I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold.
Act 7:33 Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for the place where thou standest is holy ground.
Act 7:34 I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt.
Often the Lord calls us aside from our work for a season, and bids us be still and learn ere we go forth again to minister.
There is no time lost in such waiting hours.
Fleeing from his enemies, the ancient knight found that his horse needed to be re-shod.
Prudence seemed to urge him on without delay, but higher wisdom taught him to halt a few minutes at the blacksmith's forge by the way, to have the shoe replaced...
And although he heard the feet of his pursuers galloping hard behind, yet he waited those minutes until his charger was refitted for his flight.
And then, leaping into his saddle just as they appeared a hundred yards away, he dashed away from them with the fleetness of the wind, and knew that his halting had hastened his escape.
So often God bids us tarry ere we go, and fully recover ourselves for the next stage of the journey and work.
~Days of Heaven upon Earth~
Waiting! Yes, patiently waiting! Till next steps made plain shall be;
To hear, with the inner hearing, The Voice that will call for me.
Waiting! Yes, hopefully waiting! With hope that need not grow dim;
The Master is pledged to guide me, And my eyes are unto Him.
Waiting! Expectantly waiting!
Perhaps it may be today The Master will quickly open The gate to my future way.
Waiting! Yes, waiting! still waiting!
I know, though I've waited long,
That, while He withholds His purpose, His waiting cannot be wrong.
Waiting! Yes, waiting! still waiting! The Master will not be late:
He knoweth that I am waiting For Him to unlatch the gate.
~J. D. Smith~