I begin with a cliché line because there’s a high chance you would have heard it and thought the same as the title: ugh!
Whoever said that must have forgotten what it’s like to be child on a car trip asking, “Are we there yet?” thousands of times. Or even as an adult waiting for the promises of God to be fulfilled but that seem to have gotten the wrong address. Is it here yet?
The “journey” can often feel like punishment, hoops we need to jump through to get to our goal; the vegetables we need to eat before we can have dessert.
Let’s be honest here, waiting can suck.
And I want to say it doesn’t have to, but maybe at times it does. Maybe it needs to be uncomfortable and hard because profound things can happen in the waiting. They say it takes a lot of pressure to make a diamond (another cliché – I’m not sorry), so maybe the waiting is a time to refine and sort out some things that are needed or not needed for when we reach our destination.
I have been reading through the book of Ecclesiastes, and during a recent reading the below verse stood out to me:
I know that whatever God does, it endures forever; nothing can be added to it nor can anything be taken from it, for God does it so that man will fear and worship Him [with awe-filled reverence, knowing that He is God].
Ecclesiastes 3:14 AMP
This verse highlights an important thing: whatever God does is perfect. It lacks nothing, nor it is overly compensating; it is exact.
I believe this also extends to the in between periods – the waiting – not just the promises fulfilled.
If He is the God of the promise, then He is also the God of the waiting. And if the waiting is from God, and if nothing can be added or taken away from what He does, then the waiting – as ordained by God – is perfect.
As we saw in the last post, the waiting is just as valuable as the thing we hope for. It is an appointed time with a purpose, just as the destination we want to reach.
This causes me to see waiting very differently. It is no longer a long, strenuous car trip with children (aka me) asking “Are we there yet?” I am now beginning to look out the window and take the time to enjoy the landscape around me, the company with me, the music I listen to and the snacks and drinks for the drive. And you know what? It’s actually quite beautiful.
I’m beginning to see that this journey, this time of waiting, is a gift from God and a gift that lacks nothing at that.
We know that every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of Lights [the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens), in whom there is no variation [no rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [for He is perfect and never changes].
James 1:17 AMP
God withholds no good thing from me. So, this waiting is a good and perfect gift, a time ordained, from my heavenly Father who knows exactly what He’s doing.
Now I am not so eager to rush to my destination anymore.
P.S. This was the prayer I prayed when I had the above revelation:
LORD, may I stop fighting You in the waiting. May I let go, and surrender to Your perfect plan that lacks nothing nor is too much, but that is a generous gift from my heavenly Father.
Be blessed in the waiting, dear ones.