What is the longest you’ve waited for something?
How long did Israel wait to enter the Promised Land?
How long did David wait from the time he was anointed until the time he became king?
How long did Jesus wait before He began His public ministry?
I waited 8 years for this opportunity. At year 2, I was bummed. At year 5, I was frustrated. At year 7, I had all but given up hope.
This week I celebrate 2 years as the Worship Minister for Memorial Drive.
I received some great thoughts from a very wise friend today: “The Lord truly answered your prayers in His time in order to provide you this opportunity, more than you possibly knew to ask for or imagine. Keep those disappointments over previous rejections in your back pocket as reminders the next time you don't see the answers to your prayers the way you want them when you want them.”
Because of my wait, I don’t take this privilege lightly, even for one second. Not a day goes by that I am not thankful to God for what I get to do. My worst days here are still an incredible blessing.
Because of my wait, hopefully I will more fully trust the next time I don't seem to be getting the answer I want from God. He sees more than I do anyway. Why settle for crumbs when He offers the banquet?
If you find yourself in a tough situation right now, please don’t lose hope. God may be preparing you for something in your future. Or, perhaps, you may be learning what true contentment and joy are all about – a lesson learned by remaining in difficult circumstances rather than by always being delivered from them.
Until that becomes clear, wait...and trust...and hope.