This year has been full of blessings. A great roommate (shout out to Lianna), our cute little cat Benny and a host of social activities with lovely people who feel more like family then friends. I admit I am spoiled with favor from the body of Christ. So much of my journey has been walking closely with like-minded people who serve as friends, pastors, mentors, etc… It is rare that I have felt alone.
I think God is specific in the gifts that He gives us. I think it has to do with our calling and purpose and identity. Those are exciting words right? There were so many great men and women in the Bible with exciting callings. But every time I read those stories I see that what makes them great is what they overcame.
I keep thinking about Sarah and Abraham. Three years ago Holy Spirit hit me hard with a word regarding their story. He showed me that my journey in waiting would be similar. Surrounded by love and strengthened with His intimacy, I was encouraged.
That was three years ago.
It takes a unique person to wait on the Lord. I mean really wait on the Lord. Scripture makes it clear, when you wait on the Father, it is not by your own strength; it is by His.
I remember asking Him why He had us wait, to which He responded, “So that I will get the glory”. When things happen according to the “culture’s” time frame then its easy to say that man made it happen. The world will say that there was no supernatural force or outside component aiding in the events. But when Abraham and Sarah got pregnant at 90 and 100 years old respectively, who got the glory?
This couple was blessed in the end like so many men and women of the faith. God made it worth their sacrifice. But before the reward came, there were many days the reward was not there. There were many times of doubt and fear and loneliness, hope deferred and faithlessness. These things happen while waiting. It is in this in between state I find myself in.
Many of my friends do too.
The Word says that God is our reward. I realize that Word was much easier to believe when I actually experienced His love and intimacy. I can look around and see many kinds of rewards in my life. Many areas of reaping.
But I feel more like Hannah these days:
1 Samuel 8: Her husband Elkanah said, “Oh, Hannah, why are you crying? Why aren’t you eating? And why are you so upset? Am I not of more worth to you than ten sons?”
Hannah had a husband who loved her and favored her over his other wife. She was a blessed woman but she desired a child and her husband did not meet that desire. He was never meant to. God put that desire in her for a specific purpose; to bring her closer to Him and to lead the children of Israel.
I do not know what my future holds. I only know my past. My past is full of met desires and amazing gifts and God’s faithfulness (in my life and the ones I love). And I understand that even if He never did another thing He has already done too much.
But there is a place for living without the reward. There is a place for grieving the sacrifice of “Lord, not my will but yours be done”.
And that is the place I find myself in.