If you are anything like me, you don’t like to wait on things. We live in a time when we want it our way and we want it yesterday! With my physical limitations, I do a lot of waiting these days, and I don’t like it one bit. But I have come to realize that I am not alone in my waiting; God has not abandoned me.
One of my favorite Christian albums is My Utmost for His Highest. I find great comfort from all the songs on the album, but “Sometimes He Comes in the Clouds” reminds me that I am not alone in my waiting. Here are some of the lyrics:
Sometimes He comes in the clouds. Sometimes His face cannot be found.
Sometimes the sky is dark and gray. But some things can only be known,
And sometimes our faith can only grow when we can’t see.
So, sometimes He comes in the clouds.
Sometimes He comes in the rain, and we question the pain,
And wonder why God can seem so far away,
But time will show us, He was right there with us.
If you ever seem to be in a holding pattern in life, remember these scriptures: “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day” (2 Peter 3:8). “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:13-14).
Dr. Terry Powell offers these additional things you can do while waiting on God:
• Keep on praying.
• Study the lives of Bible characters who waited on God for a long time.
• Remember God’s past faithfulness.
• Employ the hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness” during devotional time.
• Express praise and gratitude to God.
• Ask the Lord to use your delay for a redemptive purpose.