He’s in the waiting
by Dawn Aldrich
by Kerrie Butterfield
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you.”
2 Peter 3:9
A few years ago I went shopping on December 22nd to do a little last minute Christmas shopping, when I stumbled upon a sweet Mom and her very determined toddler who Papa used to talk with me about my own heart:
I was waiting in the express line with one tiny item when I heard the screams of a visibly upset todler. He was having a massive tantrum. You could see he was deeply distressed, sad, and his despair was overwhelming him and His Mom. This is what I overheard:
Mom: “I ‘m not buying that for you. Christmas is just 3 days away.”
Little boy: “I’s never coming!! Christmas is never going to come. It’s 700 days away!!!!” (more crying, and angry tears)
Mom: “It’s just 3 days away.”
Little boy: “It is not. It is never coming. It’s never going to happen.”
Mom: “I wouldn’t lie to you, it is really close. I promise. Three isn’t a lot. Just a little.”
Little boy: “It’s forever!!!”
I exited behind this sad pair as we walked to our cars. The drama continued as he was convinced he was never getting the toy he was desperate for and Mom tried soothing his impatient heart struggling to comprehend time.
As I walked to my own car, I felt Papa God say to me, “His heart is so sad. He doesn’t know that what he wants is so close. It’s hard for kids to wait. Can you relate, Kerrie?”
My response, “Yes, Papa. I can. Waiting for your promises has made me lose heart at times. Sorry, if I haven’t believed you would come through with your words. What feels like a long time to me is a small amount of time for you. My time frame and yours aren’t always in sync. I forget a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day to you. ”
I had been reading the gospel accounts the last few weeks, and it got me thinking about the promises of God and how He always fulfills His promises and that brought me to a place of repenting of growing weary in waiting for Papa. In Joshua 21:45 it says, “Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.”
In Luke 1, Mary gets the news about God’s plan for her life:
“The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.’
“‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’ Then the angel left her.”
When I have promises and prophetic words over my life and I don’t see them coming to fruition, I can lose heart and say “Are they going to ever happen?” Like that little boy waiting for Christmas, “It’s never coming. It’s been 6 years, or 15 years, or 1 year.” I feel stretched in the waiting and the expectancy of His goodness in my life.
And Papa says, “I promised.” He reminds me of his scriptures. He reminds me of His nature and calms my troubled heart.
“For no word from God will ever fail.”
I have been learning this lesson in increasing ways as I trust God’s heart for me. “That if I delight in Him, he will give me the desires of my heart.”
I discovered a model for waiting well in Psalm 27:14 (TPT)
“Here’s what I’ve learned through it all: Don’t give up, don’t be impatient. Be entwined as one with the Lord. Be brave, courageous and never lose hope. Yes keep on waiting-for He will never disappoint you.”
So in the waiting , in living in the “now” and the “not yet” of the Kingdom of God, we stay entwined with Him and trust His good nature. Be brave, stay hopeful, because He never disappoints!
Papa: “My promises are close, Kerrie”
Me: “How long until we get there? Like a thousand years close or a day close?”
Papa: “Close. Come closer to me. ”
Me: “Ok, Papa. “