Waiting is a HUGE test of faith.
Sometimes it comes in silence – no words, no movement, not even a whisper. It can happen in the midst of pain – broken hearts, misunderstanding, a physical ache. Waiting carries its questions too – are we there yet, how much longer, is it time? Sometimes, this side of heaven, the waiting never ends.
For me, it takes intentional patience to endure the hours and days that stretch before me. My nature is not to go with the flow or sit back and enjoy the ride. I have to choose patience, plant my feet in faith, and if I’m honest plea with the Lord for just a small glimpse behind the veil.
Sometimes He indulges my longings and other times ==> more waiting.
The promise holds true – the wait, the endurance, the perseverance of faith lengthens and refines our spiritual muscles. We, who have long walked by His side, believe.
We believe that God will deliver because we have seen Him do it countless times before. We believe that while that delivery may not come in the package or form we most desire or expect, what He chooses for us is infinitely better than what we select for ourselves.
The wait holds hands with faith and blossoms into trust.
The waiting process isn’t simple or tidy. We weren’t ever promised that waiting would be easy. We are simply guaranteed that we do not wait alone. God draws near. He endures along with us. He meets us in our holding pattern with grace, promise, and the universal exchange of our failing strength for His mighty power.
Behind the testing, the longing, and the hoping – He moves. The hand that finely tunes the universe hovers over my life and yours. He works on our behalf, because He can.
Because we are His and He knows in beautiful and divine ways exactly when the wait is over.
Since before time began no one has ever imagined, no ear heard, no eye seen, a God like you who works for those who wait for him. Isaiah 64:4 MSG
**Happy to be back at the Five Minute Friday link-up. This incredible community of writers participate in a weekly (or monthly in my recent case) five-minute-free-write. It is purposed to be unedited – but my Type A personality binds me to a quick refinement and spell check. Most importantly it’s an opportunity to pour our hearts on the page over one pre-selected word prompt. This weeks word is: wait. To learn more about this free write challenge, visit Kate and the crew over here.