A friend posted a wonderful photo on my Facebook page yesterday and it reminded me of some important things that I seem to have forgotten. My husband and I have been in a long season of waiting.. it has been mysterious and discouraging and I have wondered why God allowed it to continue. Waiting is a topic I always come back to on this blog..because we don’t like doing it and the world often seems to say there is no reason for it. Yet.. in the kingdom of God waiting is normal and even something we should desire.
The Lord is not in a hurry and He does not forget us.. but He does allow us to wait and sometimes the wait is very very long. In my life, I have waited for so many things and sometimes the wait has been years and years. There are things that I waited for that literally took decades of my life. The beauty of this is that each of those things was worth the wait.. Yes I said worth the wait!
During the time we are waiting and wondering.. He may be protecting us ..shielding us from the things we think we want or need because they would not be good for us. He is also at work changing us so we are able to trust Him when there is no light..when He seems absent. Waiting causes us to cling to Him and challenges us to go to Him even when we feel lost or abandoned.. so our faith is actually strengthened during these times. Waiting teaches us that God’s kingdom is not like the world.. this world where patience is not a virtue and instant gratification is considered normal and desirable. His ways are not the same as ours and He is not subject to the whims of this world.
We can live securely even while we wait if we remember His sovereignty and trust that His plan for us is for our good.. that He will come through in His time and that we are not alone..a tall order when we are discouraged or defeated. But what is the alternative? I don’t know about you, but I choose to put my faith in the living God who is sovereign over the universe and created all things!
If you are waiting for something.. I pray that this post encourages you and reminds you that God is with you.. that He loves you and that you are not forgotten.
Jeremiah 29:11 says ” For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.“