“Now behold, today I am going the way of all the earth, and you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one word of all the good words which the LORD your God spoke concerning you has failed; all have been fulfilled for you, not one of them has failed.” Joshua 23:14
It is all too easy to forget how faithful God is during our waiting periods. Part of the problem is that we don’t know how long our waiting period is going to be…will it be a few days, weeks, months or years? The longer we are made to wait the more likely we are to become discouraged. We think that God has forgotten us or that He is not going to answer our prayer. It’s hard to hold onto the thought-the fact-that His ways and His timing are better than ours.
This has been a consistent theme in my life the last few years. First, hoping for the opportunity to get a promotion where I can show what I can truly do. When you’re in a position for so long it tends to become second nature…you want a challenge. Then there is the waiting on relationships being mended. And not always for yourself but for those that you love as well. It is difficult sometimes to stay on the sidelines and just give loving support to someone when they are hurting. You want to step in and make the calls or write the letters…because you are seeing the heartbreak on holidays and birthdays and days in between. There is concern for loved ones with work, school, health issues and you pray and pray for God to intervene.
Sometimes you want to scream; “WHERE ARE YOU GOD?!” Why aren’t you allowing me this new position? Why aren’t you softening the hearts of those we still love and don’t seem to love us back? Why are you allowing my life to be so difficult and painful?
My friend, know that He hurts when you are hurting…even when He is keeping us from something we may want that He knows is not good for us. At least for the moment. All I can think of is Jesus on the cross and crying out ‘My God, my God. Why have you forsaken me’…and Jesus knew that this time was going to come. That at the time OUR sins fell upon the one perfect Man, His Father God could not be in the same presence as Him. For that moment the face of God turned away from His own Son. I’m sorry, that had to be heartbreaking for God to do.
Cry out to Him. He knows how you feel…go and have that conversation with Him. Even if you are crying and angry when you do it. Let Him comfort you.
“If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,’ even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.”
Praying for God’s peace and comfort over you.
In Jesus’ precious name.