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the promise in waiting

What if those things we’re waiting for, maybe have been awaiting for months or years or a week or twenty minutes – what if their delay is doing something true and wonderful in our souls?

What if sometimes we need to wait for something?

Dawn is waited for. Sunset. Spring and fall. Weddings. Births. Maturity. The climax in a great story. Savings accounts. Ripe peaches. Driver’s licenses. Good things.

What if timing is more important than we know? What if patience is more valuable than efficiency or sale prices or quick fixes or instantaneous results?

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

James 1:2-4

What if God is building something steady and strong below the surface of your wait? Something whole and complete. What if the wait is a veil to the glory? What if the thing you are waiting for is not as important as your journey there?

Perhaps He lets His timing play out in order to help us in a way that we could never help ourselves – solidifying our character, deepening our perspective, widening our heart for others and their waits, lengthening our endurance and making us strong. Seasoning us.

Helping us to trust Him.

Maybe waiting is the other side of mercy, the flip side of grace. Maybe his great and detailed love for us is further illuminated in storms and delays and valleys and helplessness and monotony. He wants to make us strong and free and whole. Sometimes He allows it to take a while.

We say too slow and He says well done.

We say yesterday and He says premature.

We say now and He says trust me.

Maybe He is answering all those prayers we prayed for help and cure and blessing. Maybe there is such beauty being formed through the struggle of patience, that to rush it would spoil it.

Maybe He is readying His best, even now as we watch the clock.


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