Imagine Hannah’s heart (1 Samuel 1) as she trudged up the hill to the temple yet again without a child. Imagine her inner struggle as to whether she should continue to believe God.
We’ve all been there: times when we were ready to go but God was ready for us to wait. It’s a unique kind of burden.
It usually requires years of experience in petitionary prayer to get the perspective necessary to see some of the reasons for God’s timing. In some cases we realize that we needed to change before we were able to receive the request rightly or without harming ourselves. In other cases it becomes clear that the waiting brought us the thing we wanted and also developed in us a far more patient, calm, and strong temperament. There are other nuances and beauties to God’s wise schedule that we can just barely glimpse. -Tim Keller Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God (2014, pg. 236)
This month on Pastor’s Wives, I reflect on waiting and how God expects us to act in the meantime. Check it out, then leave me a comment there or drop back over here to let me know what you think!