Promises for those who wait

Four years ago this month, I posted a meditation on patience and endurance. Grandson and I had planted on barren ground. Scattering seeds, we left them to soak up sun and water, and hoped for a sea of wildflowers the next summer.

Guess what?

We have not seen one blossom.

The area where we scattered seeds in hope was filled over with dirt and planted with new grass. And if our tender seedlings managed to survive that, for the past three years they’ve been mowed down every week.

What happens to hope when it seems to be mowed down constantly?

We have been meditating on the hope given to the children of God. This is a good time to review. The word hope in Scriptures refers to

“confident expectation” or “expectation of what is sure and certain.

The Greek word we have translated into our English hope is the word elpis, a word with no hint of wavering or doubt. We are confident. We are expectant. This will happen.

The hope of Scripture doesn’t just “hope” that something will come to pass. No, hope knows.

Hope lays down bridges that enable us to move forward. And that stepping out and going forward over a bridge of hope is our faith.

Okay, review lesson is over.

We looked at the hope for our past—that Christ has set us free from the past and is making all things new. We’ve spent a long time looking at the hope for our present—that God supplies everything we need.

But wait. What if we have planted in hope … and now four years have gone by and what we confidently expected has not yet come to pass?

What if, like the writer of songs in Psalms, we are asking God, “How long, Lord, how long?”

We know His timing is not our timing. We know His plan is usually quite different and far better than ours.

But sometimes, we do grow weary. Sometimes, we do want to give it up. Sometimes, we bristle with anger and ask, Why haven’t you …?

This week’s meditations were scheduled for the very end of the year. I have felt led to put them here instead. In reality, they could fit anywhere.

Because we always need to know the Promises for those who wait.




Psalm Prayer:

I am worn out waiting for your rescue,
but I have put my hope in your word.
(Psalm 119:81)


© Elaine Starner 2015 Photo credits: Thanks to Claire Pridgeon, Paul Stutzman, Lana Turner, and Mary Jane Smith for sharing photography I’ve used on this site. (Click on each name to see more.)

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