That’s the single word response I got from the Lord on a matter very near to my heart. The word led to Ruth 3:18, “Wait, my daughter until you learn how the matter turns out.”
Waiting. It is so difficult! SO difficult to remain still while seeing things you could orchestrate to help get what it is you are waiting for. But God often tells us to wait. Why?
It is most often because something isn’t yet ready. You aren’t ready. They aren’t ready. Timing isn’t right. But it will be.
When we hear the command to wait, what is often our very next question? I know mine…”How long?”
How long do I have to wait, Lord? How long until I will receive what it is I am hoping for? His answer?
… nothing. And this seems so cruel to us. But let’s look deeper. Why does He not tell us how long we must wait?
Robert Louis Stevenson once said, “Anyone can carry his burden, however heavy until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day.”
As I meditated on that quote, I realized that God doesn’t tell us how long we will have to wait because sometimes if we knew how long, we couldn’t bear it. Anyone can carry a burden for a day, but tell them they have to carry it for 40 days, they most likely won’t make it through the first day.
God shows us mercy not by telling us exactly how long we will be waiting, but by not telling us. It seems to be a contradiction, but when we truly sit and think about it, we will see countless times this has been true in our life. It is easier to not know how long the wait is.
Waiting. It is hard and trying. But it is God’s grace in disguise. He will not make us wait one day, one hour, one second longer than necessary. Remember, His timing truly is perfect. We can trust Him. He knows what He is doing. He sees the whole picture. He loves us and wants good things for us even more than we do for ourselves. He is faithful. He has not forgotten you. He is working on your behalf this very moment! Have faith! Have courage! Trust that HE is moving now.
“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him.” Psalm 62:5