Recently, Bernie and I became the proud owners of two swivel rocker chairs. Well, recently is a bit of an understatement…we became the owners in early November, but it wasn’t until April that we actually had them in our home and were able to swivel and rock the night away.
Yes, they are just chairs, but theses particular chairs are something I had dreamed about for five years. But even after waiting four and a half years, picking them out, and paying in full, I had no idea we’d have to wait even longer. (You see, Bernie and I have SUCH fabulous taste that the fabric we selected was back ordered. Something we didn’t find out until January. We like to think it’s because our taste is just so sophisticated that interior decorators were knocking down doors to get the fabric we picked, but apparently that happens a lot…)
Sometimes, even when something is technically ours, it can still be a process until we have it in our hands. A baby is yours the day it’s conceived, but it takes another nine months before you can meet her. You can have a story in your heart to tell, but taking the time to write it into a book can be a tedious process leading up to when the published book is yours. And then there’s God; we can have God given promises and dreams He puts in our hearts, but sometimes it takes a while until we see how He will fulfill them. And so we wait and we watch.
If you’re like me, any kind of process, be it something trivial like a pair of chairs, or much more substantial like God’s plan for your life, is tough. Who likes to wait? For me it’s in the waiting where I start to wonder and doubt…with the chairs I worried that they were never coming, we picked the wrong fabric, or we really didn’t have room for them.
With God, depending on the situation, I tend to wonder if I’m totally wrong. I start to question and doubt if the scriptures I felt were written specifically for me, the people who encouraged me with words I desperately needed, the sermons or talks that suddenly came alive to my situation, the passages in books that popped out to me, and all kinds of other signs were wrong. Did I make it all up?
When we’re in a season of waiting and wondering, it’s easy to take our eyes off of God. It’s easy to doubt and question wondering, “Maybe God forgot about it. Maybe He changed His mind…” But if God has given you a promise, a dream, or a special word just for you, don’t lose hope. Don’t lose sight of the promise. It might take longer than you anticipated, or it may take on a different shape than you envisioned, but remember that God is in control, He knows what He’s doing, and He will always, always keep His promises.
Still the waiting continues…
But even in the waiting we can know and encounter God in deeper ways. In this frustrating, exhausting, vulnerable time, pray that God will use this process to deepen your knowledge of Him.
Lord, thank you that you know the plans. Thank you that you are a God who keeps your promises. While I wait, I pray that I will grow in my knowledge and understanding of you. Lord, teach me to hold fast to your promises. Give me the faith and perseverance to hold tightly to you. Lead me in Your path and give me the courage and strength to trust and believe that You have a plan.
If God has given you a promise or a dream, hold on tightly and wait for it.
itwill certainly come and will not delay.”
and loving toward all he has made.