Have you ever been so certain about how long a circumstance would last, to the point that you’d be willing to bet money on it; only to have that circumstance (you were so certain about) last twice as long as you originally anticipated? I have. And let me tell you the realization that, A. Not only were you wrong about the length of the trial, you B. Now have no idea how long you’ll be in that situation, can be brutal.
I had this experience in grad school. I knew that I was going to get in and out in 4 years. I’d have at least 2 publications and I move on to my next phase of life where I could fondly look back on those 4 years as hard but worth it…Well at year 5 I realized that my perfect plan had morphed into something completely different, which would have been fine if there had been an end in sight. But there wasn’t. All of a sudden I began looking at worse case scenarios. I never thought about quitting but the stories of the grad students who took 9 years to finish began to be a real fear of mine.
At that time there was an administrator who I would go to for advice and counsel and she would often pray for me. One day after a particularly brutal morning I went to talk to her and she offered me a song for encouragement. That song was Fred Hammond & John P. Kee’s, “They That Wait”. The song is a bop (as the kids say now) but it really encouraged me to wait on God and lean on His everlasting word, that waiting on Him and His timing will provide you with the ability to renew your strength, soar on wings like eagles, run without growing weary and walk without being faint.
but those who hope (wait) in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)
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