What are You Waiting for?

This morning I read from the vantage point of Moses and Aaron, of the woman with a bleeding problem, of Jairus whose daughter was dying. And all of them could say their circumstances, the problems they were facing, were growing worse not better.

Pharoah and his brick-making, back-breaking impositions. The woman and her never-ending bloody stream of shame. Jairus and his now-dead daughter.

Yet Jesus speaks so clearly to them, and to me, when it looks like things couldn’t possibly get any worse: “Do not fear, only believe.”

Believe what? I’ve cried a thousand times. Lord, give me something to believe in when it looks like my world is falling apart, when the other shoe is dropping.

And He answers (He really answers!):

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living!
Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
Wait for the Lord!
(Psalm 37:1,13-14)

Wait. Wait until Pharoah gets over himself and his pride. Wait twelve years, twelve long years of suffering at the hands of dumbfounded doctors and public shame. Wait for the Teacher to wrap up his business in the crowd while your daughter gets sicker and sicker.

Waiting is hard. It is so freaking hard. And it hardly ever seems worth it in the waiting.

But, every word of God proves true and God is good. As you live and breathe and wait, God is good.

Believe it because one day the captives will be set free, the woman healed, and the daughter made alive and well again.

What problem are you facing today that, from earth’s vantage point, is looking worse not better? How will believing that God is good make the waiting not easy but maybe easier?

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