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“The time God gives us in the waiting is a gift, whether or not it feels that way in the moment. He is not late in His coming. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you…” —Kris Camealy, Come, Lord Jesus, From the December 7 reading titled: Kairos, Not Chronos
The alarm on my phone pulls me out of sleep every single morning with the words ‘Time with Jesus’ flashing on my screen. The first thing I do is make myself a cup of coffee in our Keurig machine, which is odd really, because I strongly dislike hot things. I overcome this challenge by waiting until said coffee reaches my temperature preference.
Some mornings my coffee takes forever to cool down. Those really sleepy, I-need-to-wake-up-now mornings, are the worst. Yet, if I want to enjoy my cup of coffee; that time of waiting is a necessary part of the process.
In addition to my dislike for hot things—I strongly dislike waiting. Waiting sometimes seems like valuable time being wasted. Especially when I am waiting for something really wonderful to happen.
I remember those long years of waiting in anticipation to become pregnant. Month after month of negative pregnancy tests made me feel like precious time as a Mommy was being wasted. I also remember the nine loooooong months of that first pregnancy. How I longed to hold my precious baby; the baby I had prayed so very hard for. Those months seemed to last an eternity!
However, even in these very examples we see that important things take place during seasons of waiting. From the complex growth that takes place during those nine months of pregnancy – to the few extra minutes I need to wait for my coffee to cool down. The time required to ‘wait’ is just as important as the treasure at the other end. The reality is, if I tried to speed up these valuable waiting periods, I would have given birth to a under-developed baby or suffered from a burnt tongue.
Jeremiah writes of the hope that God has given him during times of waiting in Lamentations 3. I love his guidance in these verses:
When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The “worst” is never the worst. Why? Because the Master won’t ever walk out and fail to return. If he works severely, he also works tenderly. His stockpiles of loyal love are immense. He takes no pleasure in making life hard, in throwing roadblocks in the way. Lamentations 3:28-33
Sometimes when we are seeking God prayerfully for a specific answer, He brings us through a season of waiting. Let’s embrace the scriptures shared here today when these waiting seasons come and choose to embrace the wait rather than rush it. We know that during seasons of waiting, good things are being prepared by a God who is never late.
God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God. It’s a good thing to stick it out through the hard times. Lamentations 3:25-27
Guest Post By
Mandy Lawrence-Hill is the founder of the ministry blog We are His daughters and thoroughly enjoys writing and providing leadership to this ministry. Mandy is an imperfect work in progress! She loves the Lord with her whole heart and counts it her biggest privilege to serve Him in ministry however He leads. Born and raised in Nova Scotia, she now resides in southern Ontario with her family. She has been married to her handsome husband Nathan for 11 years and together they have served in ministry for the entirety of their marriage. Nathan & Mandy have four beautiful children; Benjamin, Sophia; Spencer & Grayson. Mandy is passionate about singing, worship leading and music. She loves reading, writing, taking pictures, studying the bible and sipping salted caramel mocha’s at Starbucks while chatting with a friend! She strives to be tidier, more organized (yes, she is a little compulsive!), a little more Martha Stewart-esque, and a little less ‘unglued’. Most of all she seeks to be holier and to love God through serving her family and her community.