"Yet the Lord Longs to be Gracious to you: He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of Justice, Blessed are all who wait on him" Isaiah 30:18
I know I am taking this piece of scripture out of context, but alone it exemplifies how God desires wonderful things for us, we sometimes just have to wait.
There are many example of waiting in scripture.......The Israelites had to wait 40 years to reach the promised land, Sarai had to wait many years before birthing a child, Jacob waited 7 years for a wife and then 7 more for his "favorite" wife, and God's people waited for His coming.
There are still many kinds of waiting today.
Waiting to be pregnant,
waiting 9 months for a baby to be born,
waiting for your last child to enter school,
waiting for your loved one to come home from war,
waiting for a leader to stand up and lead against injustice,
waiting to hear tests results........
the list goes on and on.....
Waiting is hard. Sometimes we don't even think we are waiting, but we actually are just grieving what God has not shown us or done for us yet.
it's hard....really hard.
But when you get to see what you or a loved one is waiting for....it's a moment that is beyond describable. Your heart bursts with an enormous amount of joy, pride, and thankfulness all at once. I was blessed enough this weekend to not only see what God has done in one friend's life but 4.
Today I got to visit my Friends' Carl & Elisa new baby that they have waited for for more than 4 years. It's been a long painful wait, and yet when I see them holding their new son, I can't help but rejoice and sing praises to God for being so gracious to them.
I also experienced the joy of watching two friends commit their lives together as husband and wife. They started dating in high school and have been together 7 years. It has been a privilege watching them navigate their way through high school, and college all the while remaining true to each other, true to themselves, and true to their God. They have "Waited" and it was such a beautiful moment knowing that their wedding night would be all that God has promised and intended....plus a lot of laughs.
God has been gracious....and I have spent moments this weekend in awe of being able to participate in what God does for those who wait. What an honor........Baby Elias Dean Fraytet giving a little yawn. He's such a cutie! Momma Elisa wears the glasses cuz Elias likes to look at them.
Paul and I with Dale & Tyler Kriebel......isn't she gorgeous!!! :)