We have a family member whose name is Patience, and I often thought if that was my name, I would have a hard time living up to it. In general, I am not good at “hanging in there”. Sometimes I make rash decisions just to keep things going. We can probably all relate – more or less, depending on our patience meter. When forced to wait an undisclosed period of time, most of us feel stuck after a while.
Here is the deal though: God does not run on human time schedule. Heaven and Earth cannot contain Him – which certainly means He is not subject to Earth time. So why be surprised when God does not show up at an expected time? He shows up unexpectedly. That’s what He does.
Isaiah went through similar frustrations when he felt that he was put on hold by the Lord. In his book he wrote (Isaiah 64:1):
“Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
that the mountains would tremble before you!”
In other words: “Please, God, do something, will you?”
There is no way that our finite minds are big enough to even begin to grasp our infinite God, and yet there is one thing we can always revert to when nothing seems to make sense: God is good. It is important to keep this in mind as we go about our daily business.
Here is another way to look at it: God could never be boring! It takes all eternity to get to know Him. We have subscribed to a discovery channel of a very special kind when we decided to walk with God, and we will continue to discover all sorts of delightful details about Him. Eternal life is an eternal journey, and every day we get to see and learn something new.
In many ways our relationship with God reminds me of a relationship between a man and a woman. There is a lot of mystery involved. Girls often scratch their heads and don’t quite understand what is going on in a guy’s mind. And guys have the same to say about girls. Even as we get married, a portion of the mystery still remains. Nobody is completely predictable. Why? God made us; I would say that some of His mystery must have rubbed off on us.
Remember that God acts on our behalf. In His own good time He will come through for us. Believing in Him makes the time we spend waiting all the more sweeter.