“And therefore the LORD (earnestly) waits (expecting, looking, and longing) to be gracious to you...Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who (earnestly) wait for Him (for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship).”
~Isaiah 30:18 (AMP)
Mrs. Charles E. Cowman, in the book “Streams in the Desert”, published the following poem regarding birds waiting to go north again. “Oh, every year hath its winter...And every year hath its rain...But a day is always coming...When the birds go north again.” “When new leaves swell in the forest...And grass springs green on the plain...And alders' veins turn crimson...And the birds go north again.” “Oh, every heart hath its sorrow...And every heart hath its pain...But a day is always coming...When the birds go north again.” “Tis the sweetest thing to remember...If courage be on the wane...When the cold, dark days are over...Why, the birds go north again.”
In today's society many people are so busy with the chaos of their world that waiting seems to be difficult for them, and a waste of their time. For example, does your blood pressure rise while you are waiting in a long line to check out at the grocery store; while you are stopped in a long line of traffic waiting for the traffic light to turn green; or while you are waiting to be notified for a job interview?
There are many instances of people in the Holy Bible who experienced waiting for the Lord to act on His promise and love. Joseph is an example. He endured many years of waiting between the time he was sold by his brothers until he assisted the Pharaoh in ruling Egypt. However, he persistently waited, and it was not in vain.
Jeremiah waited ten days before God answered his prayer regarding whether the Israelites should stay in Judah. The Lord said: “Stay here in this land . . .”.
Are you waiting for an instant answer from God to show you the way? Do you become impatient because the answer has not come instantly? You may be like Joseph, the reason for the delay to your answer could possibly be you will be better prepared to receive His answer.
Whether it takes many years for an answer like Joseph, or ten days like Jeremiah, do not miss God's best for you by being in a hurry for Him to act. Stop thinking that you do not know what to do, but wait in assurance that God's answer will come in His timing.
Be encouraged, “God's delays are not always denials”, and that . . . “Tis the sweetest thing to remember”. So take heart. . . “the cold, dark days” of waiting will soon be over. “Why, the birds go north again.”
Lord God, thank You for your love and compassion. Help us to patiently wait. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington