I am NOT good at waiting. When in a bank or office I am told, “Just have a seat while you wait,” I usually decline. “No thank you; I’ll just stand.” I don’t want anyone to think that I am ‘comfortably waiting’ – the two do not go together!
Zechariah had a vision about the exiled children of Israel who had been waiting 70 years for God to do something on their behalf besides being angry and withholding mercy. In that turmoil, “the Lord spoke kind and comforting words”. The promise was that God would return with mercy, rebuild, bring prosperity, choose, and comfort his people (Zech 1:12-17)
I don’t know about your 2011, but ours started off with Michael in prison (civil disobedience; see “Getting Started”) and proceeded with threats to health (“Twelve Needles”), apparent setbacks in ministry, a crippling drought in the Horn of Africa (“Fighting Famine”), crazy inflation, financial pressure, sending Debbi off to college (“When Least Expected”). . . all quite challenging. But it has also been a good year. God has blessed us in so many ways, not least of them bringing Michael to Kenya for Christmas, and many more. On this last day of 2011, the promises of God for restoration are resonating in my heart. That is very comforting.
I believe that many things will turn around in 2012. I believe that churches will grow, finances will be more than enough, and we will walk in good health. Though tired of waiting, I’m deeply comforted by the faithful promises of our loving heavenly Father.
This comfort is not complacency. It’s not about having a life full of modern-day conveniences. It is the comfort of knowing that all things are possible with God, that His timing is perfect, and that waiting is part of His plan for us – His plan to strengthen, refine and renew.
May you hear the voice of God’s comfort and know the restoration – the renewal of youth and strength called for by Isaiah – that waiting on God brings.
WE BOTH WISH YOU MANY BLESSINGS IN 2012!