For what are you hoping today?
I’ve spoken at numerous women’s retreats and conferences across western Canada this spring. Judging from private conversations at these events, it seems many women struggle with difficult family relationships and hope for restoration.
Some wrestle with medical issues and hope for renewed health. Others live in difficult marriages and hope for a breakthrough. Some grieve their prodigal kids and hope they’ll soon return to both home and faith in God.
Personally, I’m hoping for several things during this season. Here are a few examples:
- For the complete restoration of a difficult relationship.
- For my latest book proposal to garner a contract.
- For the healing of a nasty shoulder issue that’s suddenly resurfaced after 17 years.
- For God to supply a successor for my husband’s ministry role—not that he plans to abandon his post anytime soon, but training someone will take time.
Sometimes we see our hopes fulfilled in breakneck speed. But more often than not, they take much longer than we expect. Waiting can be tough, so we might be tempted to speed things up. You know—lend God a hand.
Remember Sarai? She hoped to see the fulfillment of God’s promise to make Abram the father of many nations, so she involved Hagar in the process (Genesis 16). Unfortunately, manipulation never goes well.
As we wait to see our hopes fulfilled, let’s remember these things:
- God is very aware of the hopes we embrace, and He understands the pain we feel in the wait. When angst threatens to squelch hope, remember that the Holy Spirit prays on our behalf with groanings too deep for words (Romans 8:26).
- God’s timing is not our timing. Sarai waited more than two decades before she saw His promise fulfilled. Some people don’t see His promises fulfilled in their lifetime. This doesn’t mean He’s not doing His job. It just means He’s working in ways we can’t see or understand (Isaiah 55:8)
- God’s love for us is so vast that we can trust Him in the wait. His intentions toward us are fully good. He will fulfill His promises because He loves us and because He cannot lie (Psalm 147:11).
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Thank you Grace! I am waiting for physical healing, for relational healing, and for a prodigal son to return. These situations cause storms at times that seem too much to bear but as I reach my hand to Jesus to be saved, he immediately does just that. I am saved from the “fixing”, from the “fear of being left alone” , from the pain of physical suffering. No greater love do I have than the love of Jesus who laid down his life for me. I must not doubt his faithfulness to “save” that which concerns me. Still waiting but still hoping for his “good” plan for me and my family. Prayers appreciated! Love you much from afar.
Waiting can be really hard sometimes. And it rarely implies that we sit around and do nothing. Prayer is the most powerful action we can take as we wait for our hopes to be fulfilled. God bless you, Debbie, as you wait for those hopes to become reality.
It’s been awhile but had to write to you again after reading the devo your wrote for Mornings With Jesus, MAY 27, 2017. What a beautiful love story… yours : ) you were most blessed,
and one that encouraged me again to believe that God is still able to deliver my girls from homosexuality into His Plan, which are good.
Also your post was encouraging of your 3 Reminders and I love this – “God’s love for us is so vast that we can trust Him in the wait. His intentions toward us are fully good. He will fulfill His promises because He loves us and because He cannot lie (Psalm 147:11).”
You also said “sometimes might not see in our lifetime”, i understand that , and that’s hard to hear. But surely I’m to believe I will, don’t you think? If not, don’t think I could bear it Grace….help!
Thanks and may God heal that shoulder and answer all “your waitings”
Hi Dara. Nice to hear from you again 🙂
Yeah, those words, “sometimes might not see in our lifetime” are hard to hear. Wouldn’t it be nice if we’d see our desired answers to prayer sooner than later? Unfortunately, not even the Hebrews heroes were privy to that. But they hung on by faith. They persevered with hope because of who God is. So, my friend, hang on to your faith in our all-powerful, not limited by time God. Know you are loved!