There is faith in the waiting.
Just the other morning, God brought that phrase to mind as I was praying.
Faith turned into assurance?
Which was it?
What exactly was He trying to say to me?
And how about you…what do you think that might mean for you?
As I have thought about it…I remember so many times that each of those facets of faith have been true.
Perhaps you can say the same?
There has been faith built in my waiting for the return of my prodigal son.
Faith in waiting for the slow but sure progress of my special needs grandson.
Faith in the waiting for that long prayed-for report: “No Evidence of Disease” with the cancer my daughter has been fighting!
In those same gut-wrenching situations – and so many more – there has been faith required!
Faith required when nothing seemed to be happening.
Faith required when I wondered if God was hearing my prayers.
Faith required just like the martyr’s in the book of Revelation, when they cry out…”Lord, Lord…how long must we wait?”
There is faith challenged.
Faith challenged in waiting as my sweet Nick – lost in addiction – hits “bottom”…only to go deeper – staying longer still.
Faith challenged in waiting as we face progress – then plateaus – in JJ’s developmental capacity.
Faith challenged as we hear the doctors tell Amanda that IBC is a “tough one”…and even with good reports, they marvel saying “we have no idea how this is possible”?
Over and over again God has used the waiting times to build faith.
And then there is the miracles He is up to when we wait in faith!
I saw one of those just yesterday!
This time it was with my beautiful…strong…amazing Mom who is 91 years young.
And I do mean young!
She still lives independently – drives – looks more like 70 than 90 – volunteers – attends church – does Bible Studies – and loves sports and politics.
2 years ago, I felt it was time to begin thinking about selling her home and finding someplace better for the years ahead.
“Not interested!” is putting it mildly.
So I push…just a little.
Not a good idea.
Committing to prayer and God’s wisdom.
I prayerfully wait…
Just a few weeks ago she said – “I think I am ready”.
Long story short…there is a newly renovated and managed independent living community just 5 minutes from my house.
And…better yet…she loves it!
Faith in the waiting turned into assurance.
Now I realize – yet again…
Waiting is part of the way God works.
It is God doing what only He can do…in his perfect timing.
So, if this finds you struggling with waiting…in the midst of waiting…wondering while waiting…
For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. (Habakkuk 2:3)
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! (Psalm 27:14)
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
“Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)
“What is impossible with men is possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)
Rest assured, there is faith in the waiting…and the best place to to go as you prayerfully build that kind of faith is God’s Word!
Blessings and Love in Christ,
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