Friday, June 7, 2013

waited long.

photo by Angela Howey via Proverbs 31 Ministries
“The vision will not happen for awhile. It has an appointed time.
Even though it seems a long time coming, wait for it.
It is not a lie. It will happen.”
Habakkuk 2:3
 
We all know what it is like to wait – and to wait long. We spend our lives in various stages of waiting, both literally and figuratively. In the middle of every wait, there is the longing. The longing to reach the front of the line, the longing for the call to come, the longing for something to begin… It is the longing to move forward, and the waiting long to end.The beginning of my favorite movies, Love Actually, begins with a beautiful opening scene and brilliant monologue….
“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion love actually is all around.”
The airport provides us with the some of the most diverse and unique opportunities for the observation of the human condition. It is a perpetual montage of the dramedy of our lives. It is one of the rare places in life that I have been moved to tears by both hysterical laughter and silent observation.
 
I’ve witnessed those sweet instances of a family welcoming their Daddy home from war and those where a couple greets their anxious family with their newly-adopted baby. Then there are those, whose situations and relationships and circumstances cannot be defined by observation – and those are ones that really get me, the instances that seemingly etch a permanent place in my memory.
 
It is a mysteriously beautiful thing to observe someone experiencing that moment for which you know they have waited - and waited long.
 
All throughout scripture, for every promise from God, there was a season of waiting – seasons not filled with peaceful contentment, but with trials and tribulations: Abraham waited twenty-five years for Isaac, David waited thirteen years on kingship, Joseph endured years of imprisonment and slavery before obtaining the fulfillment of his dream – and the promise of God.
 
When you factor in eternity, on this side of it the truth is that we will always be waiting on something. And so, we rely on faith – that blessed “confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1). We rely on faith because His promise comes by faith.
 
We trust the Lord in the middle of our waits, in the middle of our longings, and in the middle of our promises: ”For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory” (2 Cor. 2:20).
 
Original Post: http://middleplaces.com/2013/06/07/waiting-long/






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