“At the End of the Wait”

August 9, 2010

For several installments now, I’ve been probing the frustrating reality of “waiting.”  No one enjoys waiting, although some people clearly handle it much better than others.  For the rest of us, though, we must choose to view it as a great “learning experience.’

However, this article is about when the waiting is over.  You see, sooner or later, waiting always comes to an end.  Abraham and Sarah waited 25 years for a child and Moses waited 40 years on the backside of the desert.  But, in both cases, when it was over, it was well worth the wait.

Yes, it must be admitted that there isn’t always “a happy ending.”  Frequently, things don’t turn out as you hoped (or prayed).  Also, it’s not uncommon that, when you get what you had waited for with great anticipation, it didn’t turn to be what you expected.  Some people even die or are incapacitated while in the process of waiting.

However, we should not become cynical just because every ending is not happy.  Not only is there such a thing as a happy ending, but some endings turn out even better than expected.

Maybe you’re now thinking: “Where did you get that crazy idea?”

You need look no further than the Apostle Paul’s description of God in his benediction in Ephesians 3:20: “To Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think…”.

Whenever He sees fit, the Lord has the power and ability to give us far beyond what we prayed or hoped for.  But, because His will is always best, we should never presume that He’ll just give us whatever we want.  Think about it: what looks very desirable from our limited perspective might turn out to have tragic consequences.

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