Like a teenage girl twirling the tiny ring of promise on her slender finger, we wait anxiously, hopefully, and faithfully.
We keep waiting.
“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.”
Psalms 94:19 NIV
Between question and answer there is a void, a great abysmal place bordered by anxiety and affirmation.
The tension between doubt and deliverance is the required dwelling place for far longer than we would choose.
It’s our tolerance of the inner turmoil, of the unanswered plea and it is our posture that secretly and with subtlety, changes our course.
We wallow in the waiting or we wistfully wonder just how we will be changed, more wise, experiential difference makers in the telling of our waiting stories to others.
That’s what faith is for.
For changes in us that are best for us
And for others.
Necessary and best because God promises it to be so and His promises are kept even when it seems not so.
There can be joy.
We can choose it as our in the waiting posture.
“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.”
Habakkuk 3:17-18 ESV
Like a promise ring on the left hand of a teenage girl, we know our future is marked by a commitment of love that will grow.
The love of our Father through Jesus for us.
So, we sit with our notes, our bullet list prayers and gratitudes and we mark our places in the place of waiting.
Maybe we turn our left hand to rest in our lap and with ink mark our wrist with a delicate cross, underneath it we write, “Believe”.
We wait with hope.
And when hope is not met by what we hoped for, we still have faith.
Because of the unseen things to come, we have faith.
We journey on.
We wait willingly.
His mercies fail not. He gives more and more grace.
Continue and believe.