When we think of waiting, we think of inconvenience: waiting at the doctor’s office, waiting for the traffic light to turn green, waiting in line at the grocery store . . .
Long-term waits are even harder. Waiting—hoping—for God to heal a friend. Waiting for lost children to come to God. Waiting for Mr. Right to come along, for that better job, or for a financial breakthrough.
If that pretty much sums up your situation, let me tell you my story: Soon after getting married, my husband and I wanted a baby. As months passed, it was evident that wasn’t going to happen anytime soon.
We’d been married two-and-a-half years when an opportunity came to adopt a newborn. The wait was over! We were finally going to get our baby—maybe not how we’d originally thought, but God had still made a way.
And then the adoption fell through.
I was devastated, but I got over the initial sting. I put the matter in God’s hands. I stopped thinking about babies altogether. I threw myself into my work and into my new position as our church’s keyboard player.
Over the next few years, I settled into a contented routine. My husband, however, couldn’t get babies off the brain. So one October morning, just for him, I made a doctor’s appointment in hopes of finding out what was keeping us from conceiving a child.
I walked into the women’s center with sticky palms and tangled nerves . . .
. . . And I walked out in a daze!
The doctor hadn’t been able to find anything wrong with me, but what she did find changed my life forever: after four years of waiting, I was expecting!
As I left in a stunned stupor, the doctor’s staff told me I’d made their day. It wasn’t every day a pregnant woman came in for infertility!
My son is almost two years old now, and a daily reminder that God answers prayers with impeccable timing.
If you’re waiting . . . and waiting . . . and waiting . . .
Don’t lose hope.
God sees you!
Is that a guarantee you’ll always get your way? No. But if you put your trust in the Lord, you’ll always get God’s best.
“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord” (Psalm 27:14).