Who likes to wait? Oh boy! My middle name is Impatience. We actually have a family member who is named – not Impatience – but Patience, and I often thought if I was named Patience it would take more than a lifetime to live up to that name. I tend to make rash decisions, just to get it over with. I don’t wait, I rather act. If I have to wait and there is no other way, then soon I feel stuck and get depressed. That’s how I’m wired. I like results. I like to see. I don’t like mystery.
Well, if you feel like that, then I have bad news for you: God is mysterious. One minute He is gloriously near, the other minute we look for Him and He seems to have vanished. We expect Him to show up in some way, and all we hear is silence. We have to bide our time and wait.
Isaiah went through a situation like that. In his book he wrote (Isaiah 63:19-Isaiah 64:1):
“Sometimes it seems as though we never
belonged to you,
as though we had never been known as your people.
Oh, that you would burst from the heavens and come down!
How the mountains would quake in your presence!”
In other words: “Please, God, do something, will you?”
There is no way that our finite minds are big enough to wrap around the intricate details of our infinite God, but there is one thing we do know about Him: He is good. We have to trust Him on that.
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 walk with God, and we will continue to discover all sorts of delightful details about Him. If life is a journey, eternity certainly is too. I personally think life is a wild ride – so many ups and downs all the while dealing with a mysterious God. Oh yeah! Welcome to God’s world!
In many ways our relationship with God reminds me of a relationship between a man and a woman. There is a lot of mystery going on between the two. 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 remains. Nobody is completely predictable. Why? God made us and we carry some of His mystery in our genes. Yep, God is mysterious, and so are we!
“There is a time for everything“, the Bible says – so, if it is time to wait, that’s what we’ll have to do. We know that God will come through in His own good time.