With Christmas wrapped up and neatly tucked away, we are almost to the end of January. But the hope that a new year brings is still fresh in our hearts and minds.
Maybe this is the year you hope to find a new job, earn a degree, or travel abroad. Maybe this is the year you hope to meet that special someone or start a family.
Hoping for a change, or for something new, is exciting.
But when our hopes and dreams are put on hold, it’s hard to be patient.
Proverbs 13:12 says “hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” It’s only human to want things to fall into place quickly. Waiting for God’s perfect timing can be discouraging and painful.
Good things come to those who wait is a saying that’s been used in song lyrics and even a Heinz ketchup ad in the 1980s. But the message comes from the Bible and is woven into the pages of Scripture.
“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry” (Psalm 40:1).
Here’s another familiar verse. “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
And I love this verse. “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him” (Lamentations 3:25).
When we find ourselves in a season of waiting, we can use this time to draw closer to God, realizing that His ways are not our ways, and that His ways are always best.
Crystal Bowman is a bestselling, award winning author of more than 100 books for children and adults. She is a lyricist for children’s piano music, contributor to Clubhouse Jr. Magazine, and presenter at writers’ conferences. Her latest book is Mothers in Waiting—Healing and Hope for Those with Empty Arms (Harvest House).