Most of us are naturally impatient and do not like waiting for anything. In this world, in these uncertain times, we face many dangers, trials, unstable economies, war, diseases, starvation, relationship problems, financial distress, the list goes on… however, our expectations are seldom met, often changed by things completely out of our control, and so, we are often forced to spend time reflecting on what might have been. I pray this post will help you discover the joy of waiting for everything to come in it’s right season.
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‘It happens’—well, that not exactly the slogan I’ve seen on coffee mugs or T-shirts, but I’m sure you know what I mean. It does. Life happens. Soon enough, as happy as our circumstances may be, we will come down to earth with a bump and experience very difficult circumstances.
I remember a time my wife and I decided to take a weekend away, in the countryside, far away from the hustle and bustle of city life, completely secluded in a beautiful bush lodge. We had tickets for one night to go watch one of South Africa’s best loved comedians, Barry Hilton, and so just that one night, we went out. On the way back, we got lost, hopelessly lost. Even with the GPS on. Yes, that’s right, not even the GPS could help us find our way back to the lodge.
The worst part was that we were lost in an area that was very dark, no street lights in sight. We were driving in circles trying to find the street the GPS kept telling us to turn down – the street didn’t exist. Seriously, it didn’t exist. We both felt like screaming out, crying out for help, for some sign of hope that we’ll find our way. It was a terrible feeling.
Needless to say, we eventually found our way back to the lodge (by ignoring the GPS for a moment and following our instincts). We were so happy and grateful to be back in the comforts of the room.
In hindsight, that was a small thing, but a good example for the point I’m trying to make.
A bigger issue facing the world at the moment is COVID-19. A pandemic that is spreading fear, anxiety, depression, uncertainty, tears the world over.
No matter who you are, rich or poor, you will have trials and sorrows, losses and sufferings. Difficulties come. Hopes are not realised. Businesses fail. Accidents, illness, depression, tragedy, can and will happen to any of us. We mess up.
The worst thing that can happen to us is the feeling that God has somehow left the picture. And strangely enough, it often seems to happen at the times we need Him the most. We feel that God has totally abandoned us in these times. Where has he gone?
It is okay for us to cry out to God in our pain. It is okay to express our anger. There is a time to weep. God hears. He has not gone away, he collects up all our tears (Psalm 56: 8-9) and he has not turned his face from us. He understands. And he will restore.
5 Those who sow with tears
will reap with songs of joy.
6 Those who go out weeping,
carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with them. Psalm 126:5-6
Sooner or later, in God’s time, you will rejoice again.
5 For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5