“For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay” (Habakkuk 2:3)
“If I have learned one thing in ministry, it is that most God dreams take longer than we think, cost more than we ever thought we would have to pay, and are far more painful to birth than we ever imagined. Nothing great happens overnight.” – Christine Caine
In this season of life, nothing seems to be more true. Sometimes it’s what I call the “Unbearable Wait” (pun intended). A season of breaking, pushing and pulling, stretching, fighting… and more subtly a season of strengthening, character, faith building and patient endurance.
Like a woman who is expecting, God is trying to birth something out of us, but the process is any thing but quick and easy. In this wait alone, we may grow weary/faint, our faith may turn into fear and doubt, because it seems like this baby (this weighty call/purpose dying to come forth) that God keeps talking about ain’t rearing it’s head anytime soon. Restlessness sets in; so does confusion and all of our flesh cries out GET ME OUT OF HERE!
This journey in the waiting is a process. Any mother with new life cooking in the oven would prefer a full bake, but ask most pregnant women and they would have at some point during their pregnancy outwardly yelled GET THIS BABY OUT OF ME! way before their last trimester. But we all know what happens when you remove the baby from the womb before it’s appointed time… you get a premature child who may not be able to survive on it’s own or struggles more than they have to. In essence, You abort mission before it’s time of fulfillment and so ,you abort a dream.
If we want the fullness of the promise then we must allow the process to take its full course no matter how uncomfortable it may be. And that’s where we NEED to bring ourselves back to the word of God. I love Psalm 119:50:
This is my comfort in my affliction,
that your promise gives me life.
Hold on to the promise, the Word of God over your life. It is our comfort in affliction. Our pickles and mayonnaise in times of intense craving for our future to begin so-to-speak. I know… weird metaphor but it kinda works lol.
Quite frankly, I’ve seen more disappointment this year than in many years before. I’ve doubted myself, doubted my dreams, doubted my calling and just about every decision I have made… but I refuse to give up my confession of faith in the promise God has for me. That’s not really by my choice either. God’s grace won’t let me walk away from the promise. When it seems that I’ve lost all hope, He reminds me… through a word, through a friend, through a prayer, through a sign. He won’t let me walk away from that which He has called me to. For that, I am grateful.
A very wise friend of mine wrote this week in her new blog post this week,
“Our waiting, does not, diminish us. It only speaks of something very real, on the way… like a pregnant woman who awaits the birth of her child.. we get more joy in the waiting. It’s coming, and it’s closer.”
So here it is, the Lesson of the day: Learn to wait well. Accept the process. Know that there’s always pain in the process but nothing truly great is birthed without it. You are being shaped, molded, and wonderfully made for the purpose you have been chosen for and called to like a baby in it’s mothers womb. And when the time comes, you will see the vision come to pass before your own eyes. Don’t despise the process. Focus on the joy of what you cannot yet see. Focus on the promise and Wait well.
“A woman does not give birth before she feels the pain;
she does not give birth to a son before the pain starts.
No one has ever heard of that happening;
no one has ever seen that happen.
In the same way no one ever saw a country begin in one day;
no one has ever heard of a new nation beginning in one moment.
But Jerusalem will give birth to her children
just as soon as she feels the birth pains.
In the same way I will not cause pain
without allowing something new to be born,” says the Lord.
“If I cause you the pain,
I will not stop you from giving birth to your new nation,” says your God.
-Isaiah 66: 7-9