I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you
– Psalm 32:8
My mind has been set on a future dream. I can almost see it coming to life. It will be more than I ever dreamed. I assure myself of this. I will have the ability to lay back a bit easier. Friends will be abundant and hospitable. I assure myself of this. Now God, you need to come through. But, He hasn’t. He hasn’t answered my request. He has been silent. He has been inactive, or so it seems. Where did you go, God?
Living in the Land of Wait can feel like it controls your so-called fate. It can seem that everything hinges on this one thing coming true. It can seem like you are being held back from greatness. You see, I have noticed that when I live with the demands of the future, I end up missing the blessings of now. I miss the smiles of the ones who want to connect. I miss the opportunities to extend service. I miss the endurance forged through patience. I miss the great wisdom God wants me to witness. I miss the peace of knowing I am exactly where I should be and replace it with the overhanging fear that God is not near.
Do you feel that God has left shop? He has not left. He is instructing us. He is teaching us. He is leading us in the way we should go. There is not one day His loving eye is not on us.
He knows. He knows what the future is. He knows what our heart needs. He knows what will make us more like Christ. He knows what our part is in the mission field around us. He knows that pain sometimes brings about our greatest gain. He knows the value of creating virtues like patience and kindness for they will one day be the currency of heaven. Will we trust Him?