How often I hear one of my kiddos lament that they just can't wait til tomorrow for their friend to come over. Or they just can't wait x number of weeks to earn enough money to buy what they want.
And I'm thinking in my head, Get used to it kiddos. The waiting is part of this worldly life. Yes, one of the hardest parts.
I shouldn't quote a rock n roller without quoting words more infinitely true and inspired, the words of God written through his prophet Habbakuk.
"Though the fig tree does not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet will I take joy in the Lord. I will rejoice in the God of my salvation." vs 3: 17, 18
This is where I'm at. Still and again. Waiting. Waiting on God, who is faithful and true, who keeps all his promises, who never leads me astray. But who does not act in the timing that I think He should act. Almost never.
I remember waiting, with hope, on this amazing man who is now my husband. I confess, I didn't have to wait quite as long as I thought I would to become his bride. From a three week courtship to a three month engagement- that's a pretty quick trip to the altar. But I remember how even that felt like an eternity.
I remember waiting to sell our former home, hoping every day to receive a call from the realtor that someone wanted to view it. We got three calls. Third time was the charm. Just 77 days to sell it in a very depressed market, yet every day seemed like forever.
One day, I hope to look back on what is presently almost three years of waiting. It may be, and probably will be, longer. But I hope to look back on these three years of waiting for something. Anything. That next move, that next step, that act of God that finally makes these dry, desert, lonely years blossom into the fruitful and abundant, the gushing springs.
At this point, there is very little blossom, very little fruit. Our endeavors seem to wither and fail. It can be so easy to dwell on the empty places.
And yet. In the waiting, the joy of the Lord can be our ready strength. And if we yield to that, there is abundance after all.