There’s an enormous difference between “God is no where” and “God is now here.” It’s as vast as the gulf between despair and hope … between victory and utter and complete annihilation … between getting up in the morning prepared for whatever comes or pulling the covers over your head for protection.
And yet the difference is simply one little space and where you put it.
I think I found that ‘space’ in Scripture. It can be seen in Psalm 40:1 where David writes: “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.” At first God is no where to be seen, felt or experienced. But by the second half, God has arrived. My cry has been heard and responded to.
How difficult that ‘space’ can be for us … the time between our cry and his response. It can seem interminable, like it will never end. At times we are sure that our prayer hit a leaded ceiling and is still bouncing around the room where it was uttered.
Waiting is one of our least favorite things to do. After all, we have things to do, places to go and people to see. We have a schedule.
So does God!
He’s the very one who made something extraordinary out of blackness and chaos. His is an ordered schedule never hurried and absolutely never late. It’s in trusting that that we can wait patiently … idling our engine when we feel like stripping our gears.
There is a bright future for those who wait patiently. Look at David’s personal testimony from his “God is now here” experience: “He (God) reached down from heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemies, from those who hated me and were too strong for me. They attacked me at a moment when I was in distress, but the Lord supported me. He led me to a place of safety; he rescued me because he delights in me.” Psalm 18:16-19 New Living Translation
This week, make sure you go the distance … all the way from “I waited patiently” to “he turned to me and heard my cry.” It’s always worth the wait.
Have great joy for your journey!