THE OTHER DAY, MY YOUNGEST DAUGHTER WAS DRAWING AND SINCE I WAS IN THE VICINITY, I NATURALLY STARTED TO PEEK AT WHAT SHE WAS SKETCHING. WHEN SHE NOTICED, SHE THREW HER UPPER BODY OVER HER TABLET AND SAID, “Wait! You can’t see it yet because It’s not finished!”. She knows the process of what she has on the paper is just a dim reflection of what she sees will be brought to life when she is done with every last line and curve and shading. She knew what she was doing and she had a vision of what it would be. She didn’t want me to see it until she saw that it was good. I thought about that a little later, in relation to how I perceive that, just maybe, God is with us when we want to rush ahead of Him and know what He’s doing!! Maybe He’s saying, “Wait! Hold on! I’m not finished yet!”
Isn’t being patient and waiting one of the hardest things for us human beings to do? Especially when we’re committed to waiting for God’s best for our lives. It’s relatively easy to wait on an appointment when we know exactly what time it’s going to take place. Being patient with God — well, that’s a bit more abstract, yet, I feel like that is the balance where most of life takes place. Seems like we’re always waiting on some answer to prayer, and when that one’s answered we’re quick to jump to the next one!
When you read a really good book or watch a compelling movie, you don’t fast-forward to the end and miss the journey that the characters have made to get there, do you? Instead, you watch as the characters wrestle with life and relationships. You get a front-row seat to watch as their character is being shaped. The ending would not be very fulfilling to watch if the whole “in-between” was missing. Our lives are like one long motion picture. Sometimes it feels like one long drama, hopefully there’s some comedy in there too! Other times it’s lonely, or boring or sad or painful or joyful; the list could go on! Mostly though, I’d sum it up as a marathon of resilience!
Being patient and waiting on God is often a mix of being active and resting. For sure, there are many opportunities and choices to listen to God, to obey Him and to trust in Him whether we are active or quiet, waiting or running. I find though, that I hear Him more in the waiting times, when I am quietest. It’s an activity in trust and faith because I wrestle at times with my own doubts; “Is God really going to come through for me?” Of course, I don’t know His timing of things either!
Sometimes waiting may be in the form of a time of healing. And healing cannot be rushed. It must be given time. Whether it takes a short time or a long time depends largely on the depth of the wound. But don’t lose heart! There is so much beauty and growth taking place, especially if you are turning to God’s way of healing. Healing births beauty.
Spring is right around the corner. We had an unusually warm and sunny Saturday this past weekend, unusual for February, and it looked like people and dogs burst out of their homes with hope from this dreary winter. Soon, seeds planted beneath the soil and nurtured by the sun will give way to little green shoots out of the earth, and flowers and trees will sing!
So it is with us. May I encourage you to plant your seeds of faith and hope, water them with trust in our Sovereign, Capable God and obey the One who truly wants to bless each of His children with His best.
Because we can’t see all that He’s doing — He’s not finished yet!
But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. ~ Isaiah 40:31a NLT
Have a beautiful day 🙂