I think the most challenging part of my faith journey has not been the pain itself – it’s been the waiting.
Waiting is hard. We live in a world where immediate gratification is idealized, and the concept of waiting on someone else to meet our needs and wants appears counterintuitive and unappealing to many.
However, waiting is exactly what God wants us to do. He wants us to wait on Him, and to trust His character and track record. This passage in Isaiah 64:4 says it best:
This is a pretty bold claim! God not only challenges His people to wait for Him, He also goes as far as to say – through His prophet, Isaiah – that there is no one else who can do anything like Him. In reality, no one even comes close!
So I have a personal testimony to share here: as I’ve indicated in previous blog posts, I have been going through a protracted season of trial and hardship. However, over the course of the past 48 hours, I have seen God show up in my life in two incredible ways.
Remarkably, His provision came at a time when I finally let go of the need to control and figure out my life, and decided to take things one day (in some cases, one hour) at a time.
It’s amazing what can happen when you finally let go of the steering wheel and realize – much to my surprise and chagrin – that I was never the one navigating the vehicle of my life, anyway. Of course, I possess a free will and can make my own choices, but He has always been there – His hand has always been on the wheel. If I insist on having things my own way, He’ll let me do that, but He never lets go of the wheel.
Anyway, I’m here to say that this passage in Isaiah 64 is true. God does act on behalf of those who wait and put their trust in Him. However, the way He chooses to respond and the timing of His actions often are not what we have in mind. I can testify, though, that His provision is literally right on time.
I’m still waiting for Him to answer other petitions that I’ve put before Him, but now I can honestly say that my focus is on the Lord and His awesome power, rather than on the problems that face me each day. I take comfort in Psalm 121, which says,
Meditate on that for a little while.
So, if you’re going through a hard time, I encourage you to review Psalm 121 and take a moment and literally lift your eyes up to the mountains (if you live in an area where there are no mountains, then simply look up to a point that is higher than you). Understand that your help come from One Person, and no one and nowhere else. He may choose to answer our petitions through various people, resources, and events, but He is the One – and the only One – who orchestrates and releases our provision.
Yes, indeed – He’s definitely worth the wait.
My prayer today is simple: Thank You, Lord, for hearing me and for answering me. I am beyond grateful for Your thoughtfulness and kindness. I thank and praise You for the never-failing goodness and staggering love and compassion you have me. In Your mighty name I pray, Amen.