Worth the Wait

I read a prayer this week that has stuck with me. Here a few of my reflections.

I wait...

And you...sometimes...speak shalom and the world is made new.

But this day in my despairing hope grant that I may - before sundown - eat, and praise and rest in peace.

For now, I wait...

 

It sometimes feels like much of my life is spent waiting. Sometimes the waiting is just routine. Waiting in traffic. Waiting at the Wal-Mart checkout. Waiting at my dentist's office. Othertimes the waiting has more weight to it. Dreaming. Despairing. Hoping. Hurting. Looking for God to provide in places that feel uncertain and unknown. When God finally acts there is shalom - a peacefulness in His kindness and goodness...my confidence grows in God's character...He really is for me!

Normally I don't wait very peacefully. Waiting asks me to trust that God is for me before I see the evidence of it. While waiting I often feel restless and impatient with God's timing. That's the space God longs to enter. God mysteriously shapes me as I learn to wait. Waiting is where my capacity to enjoy God's provision with a glad and grateful heart is grown. Waiting is also where I learn that my confidence is best placed in God not the thing I wait for.

So while I wait...

  • For my young adult kids to find their stride...
  • For my material needs and financial hopes to be met...
  • For my church to become the community You desire us to be...
  • For my hurting friends to find and feel hope...
  • For my character and passion to be more like Jesus...

Give me shalom...a peacefulness of soul born out of a deep-in-my bones trust that you really are for me ...that it's worth the wait.

Fighting For Your Hearts,

Gary Franklin