When the Waiting Gets Hard
Another GREAT devotional from Rest & Chaos
Sarah was given a BIG promise by God.
She had been through many tear-filled, childless years. She had prayed countless, heart-wrenching prayers. But then God gave her a promise. He told Abraham that he would bless them with a son, and that she would be the mother of many nations. Hearing God’s promise must have made her so happy.
But then the months passed by.
Then the years.
And then the decades.
And somewhere along the way Sarah lost her hope.
Perhaps she had heard God wrong. Perhaps she had been mistaken. Perhaps God wasn’t as good as she had thought him to be. Her heart ached from getting her hopes up so many times, so perhaps it was best to just forget the promise.
After all, it sure seemed like God had forgotten about it.
Then three men came to visit them one day. And while Sarah was in the tent she overheard one of them say to Abraham that they would return in a year and she would have a child.
And she laughed.
But this was not joyous laughter. This was the bitter laughter of disbelief. This was the angry snicker of disappointment and broken dreams. This was the sarcastic chuckle of a hardened heart that had given up the hope that God would ever answer her prayers.
And in response to her laughter God asked two questions.
The first question was “Why did she laugh?
And the second was, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”
God called her out on her disbelief. And then He gently reminded her that nothing was too hard for him. He reminded her that she was seeing things from a human standpoint, instead of trusting that God could do whatever he had promised. He reminded her that He saw her. That he loved her. And that there was still reason for hope.
And a year later, as she held that answered prayer in her arms, she named that baby boy Isaac, which means “God has brought me laughter”.
I would like to think she named him that to remind herself that God brought her from the bitter laughter of a broken heart to the joyous laughter of a heart that had experienced God’s faithfulness.
And every time she said that child’s name she would be reminded of that long awaited answer to her prayers.
God sees the tears we cry as day after day goes by and nothing changes. He hears those heartfelt prayers we lift up to Him year after painful year. But He also knows that He has a plan that is greater than our human understanding, and He calls us to simply trust in Him. To remember that He is God and we are not. To remember that nothing is too hard for Him.
Dear one, lean into his loving arms when the waiting gets hard. Cry out to him when it seems all hope is lost. And cling to His promise that someday He WILL turn our bitter tears into joyous laughter.
“Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” -Psalms 27:14
“As for me, I look to the Lord for help. I wait confidently for God to save me, and my God will certainly hear me. ” -Micah 7:7
“So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord. ” -Lamentations 3:26
For more inspiration check out my latest blog post on how healing can hurt but it is worth it in the end. Click HERE to read.
I also recently started Hope 4 Mondays (because Jesus is our hope, even on a Monday!). These are short blog post devotionals that will be featured on my website every Monday. This week I looked at where our focus is. Check it out HERE.
Until next time, may you keep finding hope in it all because God is with you in it all!