“Would you hurry up,” I call out to Chase as his 2 year old meanderings start to get on my nerves. We’re late again for something and I’m ushering him out of the door when all he wants to do is put on his own coat………or stop to pick something up………..or just be.
Isaac, at 5, is a lot like me and is already buckled in the car crying out for Chase to hurry up. Unlike his name my second born has a lot to teach me and his older brother about waiting…….patiently.
In our fast-paced world we live constantly in some kind of fraught state and when things don’t quite go the way we planned guess who’s to blame? We turn to God and wonder why He isn’t delivering on our time line. There’s been many times in my life that I’ve sat and waited and wondered why. I’m not a patient waiter in life and it transfers into my walk with God.
I took a drive recently and heard the familiar lyrics of the Laura Story song,
“‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears”
I believe in a God who loves me and cares lavishly about me. A God who calls me His daughter and wants to spend time with me. A God who pursued me and continues to be there. But I also believe in a powerful God who knows what’s best. Who knows if today it’s best if I patiently wait for Him or wait for something to happen.
Habakkuk is a small book tucked away in the middle of the Bible that quickly became a favorite of mine. Habakkuk asks lots of questions of God and seemingly gets no answer.
In his wrestle for peace in his heart he makes a commitment to the God who knows.
The God who sees.
The God who is always good.
Habakkuk 3:16 (the Message) says,
“Though the cherry trees don’t blossom
and the strawberries don’t ripen,
Though the apples are worm-eaten
and the wheat fields stunted,
Though the sheep pens are sheepless
and the cattle barns empty,
I’m singing joyful praise to God.”
The NIV describes 3:18 like this,
“Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.”
That “yet” is so small and it describes an awful lot about our heart. It literally translates into “nevertheless.”
Today I want to encourage you to do something practical. I’ve done this at least 5 times in my life and EVERY time it’s been a great way to focus my hear and put it back on God.
Grab a pen and paper and write down 6 things you’re struggling with right now. Life circumstances that have got you down.
When Isaac was first born Tim was working for himself and the economy had just taken a turn for the worst. Nobody wanted to pay to have their floor installed and it was really hard. I couldn’t stand living from paycheck to paycheck but I knew God had a planned. I wrote down my 6 struggles and inserted them into Habakkuk something like,
“though Tim’s job isn’t great,
and this new Mum thing is really hard….
YET I will rejoice in the Lord!”
Every time I got to the “yet” I’d be bawling. Some days I’d sit and cry and want to throw a pity party and then God would break in.
Some days I’d just be so excited as I knew He’d heard me and things were going to get better.
Habakkuk 3: 19 from The Message
“I’m turning cartwheels of joy to my Savior God.
Counting on God’s Rule to prevail,
I take heart and gain strength.
I run like a deer.
I feel like I’m king of the mountain!”
If you find yourself in the midst of waiting right now, turn to Habakkuk and give thanks in the midst of trials!