It seems like we are all waiting on one thing or another these days. Waiting for the vaccine, waiting for better days, waiting to be with each other again. The process of waiting is one that is filled with a lot of pain, but can also be a very refining process as well. Waiting is often filled with loneliness and hopelessness that can creep in rather quickly.
As children of God sometimes we expect for things to work out as we originally expected, in our time. We seem to have a set plan in our lives and when that plan is threatened in anyway, we are unable to see the bigger plan God has for our lives.
I had surgery a few weeks ago, and then kept getting sick over the past few weeks. I expected to be healed and to feel great on my timeline. I told myself “this week we heal, next week we will be good as new.” During these past few weeks God has been reminding me that He is with me even in my waiting.
Friends, I’m still waiting for my healing. But I am waiting with God.
In the moments of hopelessness and darkness that comes with waiting, God has quieted and comforted my soul with this verse, “But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.” (Micah 7:7).
During this time the children of the Israel were being refined and working through their own personal sin. The chapter starts off as a humble apology for the sins they had committed against God. The relationships they had amongst each other were crumbling and they were realizing it was better for them to put their trust in God than each other.
They realized that the only person they could count on in the moments of their waiting, was God alone. One thing they knew for sure: God will hear them, even in the waiting.
To my fellow brothers and sisters, let me just say that waiting is easier said than done. But we have a hope that the rest of the world does not have. We know that we do not wait alone.
Even when things around us are crumbling and the waiting seems to get longer and longer, God has promised to be with us through the hardest moments.
So my prayer is that even in those moments of waiting our hearts might be comforted by the ultimate Giver of peace and rest.