Do you ever read something in the Word of God that confuses you? Is it just me? Like for real?! In reading the second chapter of Habukkuk, I was struck at the unfolding of the vision, specifically, the third verse whereby the vision was acknowledged as being late, but that we should take confidence in the fact that it will not be delayed. Say what God? See for yourself: “For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it[c] will certainly come and will not delay.” In other words, though it’s late, it won’t be late. Huh? Yes, that’s what He said. I began to get too much in my head, as opposed to taking God at His Word. Upon further consideration, it’s not much different from what I’ve told our children when they were younger, and honestly as young adults, although something feels and appears that it’s taking a long time to happen, when it happens it will be at the appropriate and correct time. This might be true, but man is it hard to accept.
We’ve been told repeatedly that God’s timing is perfect. However, if I’m being transparent and as in as my frolleauge (friend and colleague per Dr. David Pittman) Sheila would say, I can get deep in my “fee-fees” (feelings) and subliminally project that Gpd’s timing seemingly sucks (I told ya’ll I was attempting to be cautious). God’s timing requires one to focus on something else as opposed to the large looming perceived issue staring one right in the face. God’s timing beckons us to thrust our trust upon Him rather than the anticipated ending we prefer. God’s timing compels us have faith in what we hope rather than in what we see. Suffice to say that late to us is on time to God – but it still may not harden the blow of expectation or perhaps instead the reality, that even when we wait, the result may not be what we desire. Either way, as we mature in Christ, the navigation of wait and desire doesn’t end. In fact, I would suggest the complication becomes even more dynamic, but it is God’s hope that we become more mature in the execution, such to the extent that we may also encourage others in the Lord and His timing, even while we sit with no earthly nor spiritual idea as to specifically what is next.
What is the lesson during the wait? Well, it depends upon the nature of the very concept God is growing in us. Occasionally that concept is for us, and sometimes it is for someone else. Regardless of the rhetoric we are bombarded with, we were designed to be in community with one another; and when there something to be learned in the earth, God chooses whom He will to enact the lesson. Sometimes we are primary learners and other times, we may be secondary in the process. Allow me to provide a tangible example. On last evening, I went to visit a friend who just purchased a new home. I was excited to share within the bounty of her hard work and to simply visit she and her daughter. However, it was during the tour that I received an unexpected blessing. She unfolded that the previous home they’d stayed in was becoming increasingly concerning, with crime on the rise. She and her daughter were afraid. They desired to move, and like many had a price point in mind. They looked, found a home, and before they could make an offer, the house was off the market. She was disappointed, but others around her remained steadfast and motivating, such to the extent that she was compelled to write down what she hoped for in a home and place it under her pillow. Time went on, the house went back on the market and this time, the price lowered $16,000 which was in her price range. Their offer was accepted. God blessed her to sell her home and move into the new one in 72 hours. One of the “hopes” on her list for a new home was to have a bonus room. She purchased the new one with full acceptance that the bonus room was absent, however as they toured the house again, she saw a door that for whatever reason never stood out to her. The house spec did not list a bonus room. When she opened the door, she found the last item on her list, a bonus room which could serve as the other bullet on the list, “an office space.” She shared with me that she began to shout, and before she knew it, she heard her realtor shout as well in another part of the home. You see her realtor shared later that she has been selling homes for years, but never did she witness one of her clients have such a response to God’s goodness, which in turn blessed her such to the extent that she joined in praising God. And as you can imagine, as I heard this testimony from my friend, I began to weep and praise God as well. I’m confident that as she endured this process, she wasn’t considering that her “wait” would serve as encouragement, and life giving and life learning to others, yet that is exactly what it was (and is)!
II Peter 3:8 reminds us,”But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” Further, in Acts 1:7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.” Need more? In Galatians 4:4 “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law.” It was nothing but chicanery occurring before Jesus was born, and yet God allowed everything to happen as it did and Jesus to come when He did.The crux of the expectation that is of us is found in Lamentations 3:25-26,”The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” I can’t promise that I will wait quietly, but I can turn my sound of murmuring and complaining, to that of adoration to God and encouragement to myself during the wait. I may remind God of His Word, sing songs, offer praise and encourage others, just as my friend did for me.
In the morning, when I turn on the television to watch Good Morning America (hey Michael!), since the cable has been idle during the night, the system will not automatically respond to my instructions. Instead, a prompt appears that simply reads, “Please wait.” I have begun to use it as a morning reminder from God. He is compelling us to consider that as we go through our day, but perhaps more importantly, as we navigate life, be encouraged in the wait. May we each be reminded that late is not late.