Hold your horses! Wait a minute. Hold on. Just a sec. I’ll be right there. Hang on. One second.
These phrases are often uttered in my home. I’m usually the one saying them. “Can I have a snack?” “Hold on.” “Mommy, can you play pink doll house with me?” “I’ll be right there.” My children get a little frustrated sometimes waiting for me to finish laundry, cleaning bathrooms, or writing an article. But I always come. I’m not going to leave my child in need.
This morning in my quiet time I got four, not one but four, verses about waiting.
We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. Psalm 33:20 NIV
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. Psalm 37:7 NIV
Wait for the Lord and keep his way. Psalm 37:34 NIV
I will wait for you, O Lord; you will answer, O Lord my God. Psalm 38:15 NIV
You think God is trying to tell me something? Hmmm…. I looked up the origin of “hold your horses” and found out it dates back to the 19th century. The phrase was first found in New Orleans in 1844. Back in the old days when men were incensed about something they would jump on their horses, sometimes with a whole posse, and ride off to deal with the problem. Also in battle when the men and even the horses got riled up, they were ready to charge off, sometimes at an inopportune time. “Hold your horses” meant to keep the horses still and wait.
Are you thinking about charging into a battle at a time that may not be God ordained? Hold your horses! Keep your horses still and wait. Pray and ask God about the right timing. He’ll always come. He’s not going to leave His children in need. But in the meantime, wait. Hold your horses! And I’ll hold mine.