"Are we there yet???", "Yeah, how much longer??", "Are we close?"..... This is the 50th time I've heard these questions coming from the backseat of my car... my children are getting very impatient and the trip is only beginning!! Florida to Texas.... not a short trip by land!! It only takes about 12-14 hours to get there, but to my 9 & 10 year old it seems like an eternity!!! HA!! 12-14 hours, by the time the trip is over I'LL be asking "Are we there YET????!!!" But, you know, I really love the scenery that comes and goes while waiting to arrive at the final destination. Sometimes it's in the waiting that I see the most beautiful things. Sure I have to catch them between the screams of my children... oh wait... that wasn't them screaming.... it was me, screaming at them to "HUSH ALREADY!!! We'll be there when we get there!!!!" Of course, that is after patiently saying "Not much longer now" when I know it's still another 9 hours!!
How many times have we been in situations and circumstances where we find ourselves asking God the same thing?? "Are we there yet? How much longer, Lord? Are we close?" We have prayed and prayed.... and prayed and prayed.... and prayed.... (you get the idea).... and still we don't seem to have an answer! Well, not one that satisfies us yet!! Did you ever stop to just enjoy the ride?? Check out the scenery on the way to the final destination?? Listen as God patiently says "Not much longer now", even though it may seem like an eternity to us, it's only a minute to God! No matter the situation, no matter the circumstance.... HE WILL answer that prayer.
The Lord spoke to me through His Word today as I read Psalm 27:11-14, which reads... (from Today's English Version)
11) Teach me, Lord, what You want me to do, and lead me along a safe path, because I have many enemies, 12) Don't abandon me to my enemies, who attack me with lies and threats. 13) I know that I will live to see the LORD'S goodness in this present life. 14) Trust in the Lord. Have faith, do not despair. Trust in the Lord.
Another version (NKJV) reads in vs. 14) Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord.
So... if your situation is a wound that is trying to heal, financial stress, unemployment, something you have been asking God about for some time now... whatever the case may be, just remember vs. 14... WAIT on the Lord!!! Remember it is in the waiting that you just may see some beautiful things take place!! So, sit back, enjoy the ride and take in that beautiful scenery while you wait!!!