“For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:3
Anyone who knew me during the fall of 2014 knew that I was in a season of waiting. There was a boy who had my grandmother’s diamond and I was desperately waiting to have him put it on my left hand.
This was not a patient waiting – this was full on freaking out-overanazlying-driving-everyone-crazy waiting. Imagine how that waiting escalated when my YOUNGER brother got engaged and my finger still didn’t have a diamond on it. It wasn’t that I doubted that Jordan was the right one for me. There was no question in my mind about that. It wasn’t even that I doubted the proposal was going to come.
It was the fact that I was ready to move on to planning the wedding, and I had to wait until the proposal to be able to do that. Of course, Jordan and Jesus had way bigger plans than I could have come up with, and Jordan pulled off an amazing proposal at camp that completely surprised me and could not have come at a more perfect time.
How many of you are in a season of waiting right now? Maybe you’re checking your email with butterflies in your stomach every night because you’re waiting for that job acceptance letter. Or is it that you’re the only single one in your group of friends and you’re getting pretty tired of it. Maybe you feel like the Lord’s just taking His time with you.
No matter what it is – waiting is hard and it’s something we all go through. And maybe we can’t control the fact that we have to wait, but we can control the way we handle the waiting.
When I was waiting for a proposal I was not leaning on the Lord. I was leaning on my friends and my mom who were putting all kinds of thoughts and expectations into my head that did not need to be there. None of those thoughts made the proposal come any sooner, but they did add a whole lot of unnecessary stress in my life and keep me from enjoying the season I was currently in.
I love Habakkuk 2:3 because it basically confirms that we will wait and things will seem slow. God’s timing is so much bigger (and better!) than ours, which is easy to say but way harder to really believe. Whatever you’re waiting on right now, trust that God has you in this season of waiting for a reason.
It doesn’t have to feel easy or enjoyable, but try to make it productive instead of destructive. Instead of leaning into others for support, lean into the Lord. I bet He’ll show up at EXACTLY the right time!