The Wait

       Twelve noon, mid-July. HOT!!! Still she sat. Waiting. Having just finished her fifth-grade year, my oldest daughter had been chosen to attend a week of classes that would provide challenges and enrichment for students whose abilities enable them to benefit from experiences beyond those provided by the regular school programs. Holly had attended four full days of classes. Friday the classes would end at noon. Her dad had taken her to HSU each morning and picked her up at the end of the day. As he wished her well on the final day of the special sessions, he told her a sit near the fountain and he would return at noon to get her. She patiently sat in the specified spot. The clock struck 1:00; still she sat. Still she waited. Through the afternoon she listened and counted each time the clock sounded out its song, telling of another hour passing. Still she waited. When her dad came home at the end of the day, he did so without her. He had forgotten to pick her up. But she waited. When that story is told the question is almost always asked, “Why did you wait.” Her answer: “Dad told me he would be there.”

        The Old Testament closes with God’s promise as spoken by the prophet Malachi, “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD. He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse” (Malachi 4:5-6) And then the people waited. But there was silence. For 400 years there was silence. Still they waited. For 400 years they waited. Surely the people felt like God had forgotten them and His promise. Still they waited. Why did some wait? Because God promised. There are times when it seems that the trials we are experiencing last a very long time. We pray, waiting for an answer. The season of waiting becomes incredibly frustrating and it grows easier to doubt and feel like we have been forgotten by God. Don’t give up. God is working even when we don’t hear. During the most difficult and challenging times of our lives, His desire is to draw us to Him. He is the only one who can completely and perfectly fulfill the deepest longings of our hearts. Your ultimate joy and all your hope is in Him, even when it feels like you are in a 400-year wait.

        The Old Testament closes with God’s promise as spoken by the prophet Malachi, “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD. He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse” (Malachi 4:5-6) And then the people waited. But there was silence. For 400 years there was silence. Still they waited. For 400 years they waited. Surely the people felt like God had forgotten them and His promise. Still they waited. Why did some wait? Because God promised.

       There are times when it seems that the trials we are experiencing last a very long time. We pray, waiting for an answer. The season of waiting becomes incredibly frustrating and it grows easier to doubt and feel like we have been forgotten by God. Don’t give up. God is working even when we don’t hear. During the most difficult and challenging times of our lives, His desire is to draw us to Him. He is the only one who can completely and perfectly fulfill the deepest longings of our hearts. Your ultimate joy and all your hope is in Him, even when it feels like you are in a 400-year wait.

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