Normally when you wait for something you are eagerly anticipating it… hoping that at a blink of an eye it will arrive at the doorstep to which you’ve beckoned it. But what happens when you have been calling on God and asking him for something for years? What if you are going through the struggle of your life and it seems there is no opportunity for reprieve? This has happened to me and I’ve seen it happen to the people I love. My father has to be the most Godly man I know. I mean he puts the needs of others before his own, he visits the sick, has paid people’s rent, put groceries in their fridges, given young men jobs when no one else wanted to hire them, gave his last to the beggar. I mean I’ve never known someone who prayed and fasted so much in my life!lol….Someone who didn’t just experience God when he was preaching his Sunday sermons but he actually knows God!! Yet for years I watched him as Job, experience some of the greatest hardships of his life. His prayers to God would be my morning alarm clock and I could sense the desperation of him needing God to do something mighty…and for years I watched as it seemed things only got more difficult. Then there was me. I was certainly not a perfect person by a long shot, but one thing I was sure of is that I loved God and I sacrificed so much to live my life for him, even when others didn’t understand. It wasn’t because I didn’t face challenges but I just absolutely knew that I wanted God more than I wanted temporary happiness. Yet there were things that I laid before God, praying that he would come through. I would watch years go by and still nothing happened. I experienced failure after failure. I asked God to reveal to me his purpose for my life because I wasn’t seeing it too clearly in any area. So finally after 7 years of praying and waiting it seemed things were starting to look up for us. Awesome! We prayed and now God is coming through, however, there was something so significant I learned about the process in journeying from the pit to the palace. There is something called the wait after the wait. It is the holding pattern of our lives. It’s like that moment when you get on a plane and you are anticipating getting to this place you have planned to go. You are right over your destination just lingering but you haven’t landed. What you don’t know is that there are things that are happening on the ground that you can’t see. Things are being cleared so that you can land safely at your appointed destination. It is the same with us. Sometimes we are right over that blessing we have been waiting for for years. We wonder why we are only getting glimpses of something we are ready to receive in its fullness. God is moving a million things around just to make sure that when we arrive to that immeasurable overflow of the promises he has prepared for us, we land without anything interrupting or interfering with us arriving to our appointed blessing. I know the Lord is going to come through because he is not a man that he should lie and his word doesn’t return to him void but it accomplishes what he sends it out to do. Just because I can’t see it doesn’t mean that it’s not going to happen. It is the process that produces a greater purpose within us. Look at Joseph, when he arrived at the place of his purpose he had no idea what God had planned for him. He had waited to see his dream be fulfilled as he saw it, because it felt that real to him. This was the same dream that landed him in a pit and caused him to be sold into slavery! At first things weren’t bad. He was placed in Potiphar’s house and wasn’t doing too shabby…until he got put into jail for a crime he didn’t commit. I would call the jail his “wait after the wait”. Even though he was in the right place for his dream to be fulfilled, he wasn’t in a favorable position. But his gift of interpreting dreams caused him to be the second in command in Egypt and now he was better off then when he first began. Honor the process. Know that when it seems you’ve been waiting all you can and nothing is being produced, you are in the wait after the wait. You are hovering over your blessing and God is preparing you to land. Remember that those who wait on the Lord shall gain renewed strength. His plan is always bigger than ours.
I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning. (Psalms 130:5-6 KJV)