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Barbara Hartzler states in her introduction that at times no one can help us apart from God. Waiting on the Lord is a collection of thirty reflections revealing God’s loving-kindness and grace during our dormant times in life. Each day’s devotional starts with a scripture, followed by insightful personal stories, ending in a prayer. As an added plus, the daily reflections include bonus scripture readings, recommended books and encouraging songs to listen to as well. This devotional study proclaims that during our times of waiting, God is faithful to meet us at our point of need. That in our waiting, God moves and gives new direction. In our inactive times, while residing in the “waiting room of life,” when we are at our wits’ end, God will bless us with hope and a future.
Waiting on the Lord inspires us to remain ready, in hopeful expectation as we wait on God to move on our behalf. Barbara Hartzler honestly approaches the topic of waiting, conveying the realization that human nature resists waiting. No matter how godly or ungodly we are, we want to move past crises as quickly as possible. We become impatient when we do not see results. We want control. We are encouraged to “stop wrestling with God” and quit trying to negotiate God’s divine timetable into our schedule.
Waiting by its definition is often contradictory - to remain inactive but in readiness, to remain neglected for a time, but to look forward eagerly. Hartzler reminds the reader that even though our lives may seem to be going nowhere, God is patiently waiting for us to wait, to yield to Him. To be still, to seek Him first, and when we calm our restlessness, God’s presence will invade our soul and bring comfort. Barbara Hartzler tills up the parched ground of a waiting heart and plants good seed. Waiting on the Lord waters the desert places of the soul with the truth of God’s Word.