I’ve had a lot of conversations this morning with several people. There is simply a ton of hurt going on right now. I realize that is always true, but I am more aware of it just from hearing people’s situations and challenges. Sin is such a very ugly, ugly thing.
Then I sit down and read in Psalm 106 that David speaks of his great grandparents and says this:
“13 But they soon forgot what he had done
and did not wait for his plan to unfold.”
David tells about how God had saved the Israelites. They had great days as they came out of Egypt as slaves. They were rescued time and time again in the desert. God proved Himself faithful over, and over, and over, and over. But they forgot, and they didn’t wait.
So, in this case, what should they have done?
Remembered all of the times that God had answered their prayers and saved them. Remember the feelings of a victory that wasn’t theirs to own, of a time where God fed them, or cared for them, or spoke to them, or showed them a cloud of fire to lead them. Remember that the God they follow isn’t into what is fair, or even, but is into grace, mercy, hope, and generosity. Remember how their heart felt when they realized that God was really, honestly for them. Remember how their lives changed for the better when they chose to obey Him, and He turned everything on it’s head in the most beautiful of ways. Remember.
And wait. When we know that God is a God who works, He is a God who is active, He is a God who hears and answers our prayers regardless of how worthy we are, then we can wait. It isn’t like waiting with no hope. It’s like waiting on the 4th of July, just as dusk settles. The anticipation is huge, the excitement is palpable, you can barely sit still, just knowing that the fireworks are ready to light up the sky. You know from years past how amazing the rockets will be. You trust that there is a crew out there, somewhere, in the dark, setting everything up, just right. They know exactly how to make it all work, and they are ready to go. It all comes down to the guy in charge giving the signal, and then….. oooohhh…….ahhhhh! It’s magical. That is the kind of waiting we need to step into. We know God is out there, working, preparing. We know He is trustworthy and true. We just need to wait for Him to give the signal, and then……
Beauty. Magical, darkness destroying, light up the night, take your breath away, wasn’t it worth the wait, how unbelievable is this, beauty.
Remember. And wait.