Our gorgeous view was definitely worth the wait.
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promises as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.” 2 Peter 3:9-10
Nobody really likes waiting, am I right? Remember being a little kid and Christmas just couldn’t come soon enough!? With each passing day as the countdown becomes closer, it seems so agonizing to wait a WHOLE 24 HOURS to mark another day off the calendar. Things like Christmas seem like they can cannot come soon enough, but there are other things that our hearts are also longing for, but their coming isn’t as sure as December 25th, which is a clear date we know will come no matter how difficult the wait.
But, as 2 Peter reminds us, God is not slow to fulfill his promises. So as difficult as it is to wait for the things we feel like God has placed on our heart, or promised us for our future, we must know that His place for us is good and it will be accomplished in His PERFECT timing. Easier said than done however…
Drew and I were so excited to road trip back to Colorado this week, and finally spend some time in the place we truly remember as our home despite both of our parents moving away after we moved to Zambia. We travelled 10 hours from Drew’s parents’ place in Saint Louis to my grandma’s home in Eastern Colorado. After some good quality time with our family, we were SO READY to reunite with the beautiful city of Denver, but the Colorado Department of Transportation had other plans.
After driving almost half way there, we followed a slowed down line of traffic led by a state trooper who proceeded to close down the highway before our very eyes. Bummer. Sure enough, we called the traffic hotline and I-70 was closed indefinitely. Cards and Goldfish alone were to be our closest friends for the next few hours instead of all the people we were dying to see in Denver.
Thank goodness that our Zambian life, though often frustrating, has given us plenty of experience in waiting. Waiting is just a part of life, and for whatever reason, it seems like it has been placed on this earth to teach us the art of patience. Though it does not come easily, and I find I am constantly learning to wait on the Lord and beg him for the patience to endure.
Thank goodness this waiting wasn’t forever for us and while we waited 3-5 extra hours, we were able to reunite with our favorite city and we were so thankful. As the Colorado police reopened up the highway we were so excited, but couldn’t help but pray our way through the rubble on the road from all the traffic accidents.
Sometimes in hindsight, we thank the Lord for making us wait, and other times we just grin and bear it because we may not know why we had to wait so long this side of heaven. But God promises all will be fulfilled exactly when it is supposed to, and I am so thankful He is in charge of that and not me.
What are you waiting for this holiday season? How can you surrender whatever that is to the Lord and allow Him to show you when the time is right? Waiting is hard, but often it is very good.
“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” Matthew 25:13
May we ask the Lord to give us patience when we wait as He builds endurance in our hearts and renews our strength. And may we wait well, and keep our eyes out for the hope that is to come.