I moved back into my townhouse after waiting for seven months, while repairs were being completed after a waterline broke and flooded my upstairs and downstairs. It has been a long and crazy ride, but I am thankful for the refining that God has been doing in my heart, in providing peace and patience in circumstances that is didn’t belong.
But there’s still a lot of work to be done.
Last night, as my Bible sat three feet away from me, I allowed myself to be led down a rabbit hole of videos. I landed at one entitled, “The Perfect Proposal”. My 33-year-old single heart was already in fight-or-flight mode, but I watched as a man in his twenties explained to the camera that he had been saving up for the perfect proposal since he was 12 years old. I continued to watch until tears streamed down my eyes.
When will it be my time? my heart cried out.
Maybe marriage is not what you’re waiting for, but I’m sure there’s something that you could fill in the blank of the unfulfilled desires of your heart.
But Jesus hears our cries. He knows our pain. He shares in our sorrow.
So as the tears stung my eyes last night, I refreshed my screen and at the top of my news feed appeared words that caused the tears to stream even faster.
“For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end – it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.”
I’m not sure that I’ve ever opened the book of Habakkuk. I honestly didn’t even know where to find it in my Bible, when I finally picked it up. But its words became a soothing balm for my heart.
I took some time to talk with Jesus about my desires and thanked Him for the promise that my waiting is not in vain, that my desires “will surely come”.
I wanted to share this with you today, to encourage your heart for whatever it is that you’re waiting for. It might not be in the timing we hope for, or even in the package that we expect, but Jesus has appointed the time, His perfect time.