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From a non-believer’s perspective, we live on a speck of cosmic dust, whirling and spinning its way through space. And we spend our rainy, gray days and nights in silence, fearing what the darkness may hold, yet also afraid of what the coming day may reveal. We’re afraid and unwilling to wait, but we’re also afraid to find out what we don’t know. And since a non-believer holds no concept of God, nor of a goal towards which all of human history is moving, life is nearly unbearable in its sameness and drudgery.
For believers, it’s a different story – or at least it should be. For believers, history is not just a repetitive cycle of events and random occurrences. It is God-designed, God-directed, and God-appointed. There is a goal, a destiny towards which we are all heading. But in the meantime, we wait. Some wait patiently, some wait painfully, some can’t wait. Yet while we live here on earth, that is often our job: to wait. Louis Smedes put it this way: Waiting is our destiny as creatures who cannot by themselves bring about what they hope for. We wait in the darkness for a flame we cannot light. We wait in fear for a happy ending we cannot write. We wait for a not yet that feels like a not ever. Waiting is the hardest part of hope.
If we had the power, we might be tempted to create what we hope for – but we would be disappointed. What have you ever created that truly, and more important, lastingly – produced? We want clarity of vision and direction – but we can’t light the flame that gives direction. We must wait for God to do that, for only He can see beyond the next corner. We want happiness – and in Christ there is abundant happiness to be found and enjoyed. Yet we are fearful that the happy ending will come to others, but not to “me”. And we know we aren’t big enough to write happiness into the script of our lives. Oh, and doesn’t the “Not yet” seem like a “Not ever!” at times.
Rom. 8:23: And even we Christians, although we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, also groan to be released from pain and suffering. We, too, wait anxiously for that day when God will give us our full rights as his children, including the new bodies he has promised us.
How is your wait? It’s okay, according to the above verse, to wait anxiously – as long as we are waiting for the right thing – the day of God, and for Him to complete His purpose for all of creation.
Wait with patience. Wait with impatience if you must. Be above all, wait upon Him!
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PRAYER: Let our patience be strong and may we take heart knowing that our waiting will not be in vain nor will we be disappointed! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.
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