Fresh Hope – 22nd May 2018

After just getting married and then four months of being separated from my husband, Joshua (him being in England, and myself in Australia), I finally received my visa in the post this week, allowing me to now enter and live in the United Kingdom with my husband! Woohoo!

In the months that we were apart, many people in his life, and my life, many times a day would say, ‘It must be so hard’, ‘I’m praying for you’. ‘How do you do it?, ‘Newly married and separated – that’s awful!’

Truth be told, we were not really in a unique situation in waiting for my visa. There are plenty of people waiting for things. Some people are waiting to fall pregnant, some people are waiting to finally meet a spouse. Others are waiting for healing. Some are waiting for their children to return to God. Others are waiting for their marriage to get better. Some are waiting for a promotion. Others are waiting to get paid, so they can get food. I personally know real people with real stories that fall into each of these categories. Some have been waiting years. For some, the wait doesn’t have a definite end date either.

On the other side of my season of waiting, I want to confidently encourage you. My encouragement is this: give purpose to your season of waiting. Don’t waste the wait getting bitter with God, blaming people, and letting yourself become a victim. Make the wait count. Make the pain of it worth something. Encourage someone else waiting. Share your journey and use the pain to develop more meaningful relationships with people and God. Give to those younger or earlier in the journey. Share your story.

God is in the waiting and your time of waitingwill not be wasted. He wastes nothing, so if you are willing, he will use the wait to strengthen you, teach you, sharpen you, show you, enrich you, and use you in ways far greater than you could have imagined.  

Sometimes we can get caught up on the ‘why?’. Why do I have to wait? Why me? Why is this happening? Why can’t it happen now? Reality is that we will not always know the ‘why’. Joshua and I had so many people all around the world praying for the visa to come through for weeks on end. We fasted.  We sought legal advice. We contacted people who had authority in Immigration. We did everything we could. And still, nothing was happening and we couldn’t understand ‘why’. All we could really do at the end of the day was just wait. Rather than being focused on the ‘why?, we had to truly learn to wait on God. By waiting on God, I mean trust Him. It reached a point where it was no longer about waiting for the conclusion of the matter, but it was about learning to trust God, and that His timing would be perfect.

There is scripture upon scripture on waiting. The common thread that I see through them all is that it is not at the end of the wait that we find strength, but it is in the wait, as we trust God, that we find strength.

Lamentations 3:25 says, ‘The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him’.

‘Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!’ (Psalm 27:14).

‘But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint’ (Isaiah 40:31).

Rather than asking ‘Why?’, use your wait, and while using it, find your strength in trusting God.

 

Habakkuk 2:3 “For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”
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Emma Burchell

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