Oh the waiting! Seems like we are always waiting for something. Waiting for our kids to get bigger, waiting for more income so we can do more things, waiting for that right person to come along and all the other promises that God has given us. Somehow I must believe that the waiting is just as important as receiving those promises. But it's still a mystery. Why did Abraham have to wait 25 years for Issac? What happens during that time of waiting that is so important? I know that God doesn't waste even a second of our lives. Every moment he's working in us and through us. So what is he doing during those long waits?
He's building our faith. How strong would our faith be if every time we had a desire for something, it was granted the next day? What then would be the purpose of hope, faith or trust? We would just be like little babies who get their milk every time they cry. We would never be stretched by believing for something even when no-one else supported us. Our patience would never grow and we would be snappy and intolerant people. And we wouldn't be children of faith.
Every day that we are waiting for some promise to materialize, we are growing. Our faith muscles are tearing and repairing just like body-builders. Every time we face those doubts with a bold, "I will not doubt - I will believe!" our perseverance gets heartier and stronger. Every time we see others getting their promises, but alas, we are still waiting for ours...our love gets more unselfish because we are stretching to be truly happy for them. We are most definitely changing while we are waiting. Most definitely.
When our promise finally arrives, we are more mature and able to handle that promise with much appreciation and care. More importantly, when we get to heaven we will see more rewards for our patience. Yes, our waiting is very important. It's earning us something. Something that will last beyond this life.