In this “instant world” we live in waiting can be difficult to handle. We tap our foot in the “fast food” line if we’ve waited over a few minutes. We wait for the repairman that was supposed to have shown up hours ago. We crane our necks to see the traffic problem ahead of us if all we see are brake lights, indicating a halt in our mobile progress. Even though we don’t like these kind of waiting times,we know they’ll come and we adjust.
I don’t know about you, but waiting for things in my spiritual life seems much harder. I mean, this is a good thing I’m asking for or anticipating. Why would God wait to allow it to come to pass? Isn’t His promise to us that we’re to call and He will answer? We’re to sow seed and He will bring the reaping, right? Here’s what God told me in response to that question.
Recently I was waiting for God to deliver on one of His promises to me as a woman. I foolishly and selfishly had the mentality, “I’ve done my part. I’ve obeyed. I’ve applied Scripture. Shouldn’t I see the fruit from this now?” One morning in my waiting, I read Proverbs 31 – a chapter I have read many times. As I read, I saw a verse in a completely new light. It was almost as thought I had never read it before. Verse 25 says, Strength and honour are her clothing (the virtuous woman’s); and she shall rejoice
When will the rejoicing come? Not now. Not when I think I’m ready for the fruit. Not when I think it’s best, but in time to come.