This is a story about waiting.
Over Labor Day weekend, my husband whisked me down to Hilton Head, South Carolina for a quick little getaway. We hadn’t been on a solo vacation together for more than a year and a half, so you can imagine how overjoyed I was when he told me he’d booked a little house with a pool for the long weekend.
On the second night of our trip, we ventured to the Salty Dog Cafe, where we waited an hour for our table. The beautiful thing about this was our wait was supposed to be an hour and 45 minutes … but we were pleasantly surprised when a table was ready before we expected. Not only was our wait almost cut in half, but when they showed us to our table, we’d been given the best seats in the house — a front row seat to the beautiful waterfront views.
A few minutes into our appetizer, it started raining, but we didn’t care. We were safe under the umbrella. And when it was all over, the rain revealed the most stunning, glowing orange and yellow sky. Yes, the wait was worth it. And rainstorms? They always come to an end. No matter how long it feels like it’s been raining.
What are you waiting for today? May I encourage your heart to anticipate an in-breaking of God’s faithfulness and goodness sooner than you expected?
And may I suggest that even if rainstorms try to come and disrupt His blessing or promise in your life, you can know that you’ll be safe under HIS umbrella — His wings. While you nestle in, He is working. When you can’t see it, He is moving.
Sooner, rather than later, you will behold the beauty that is on the other side of whatever you are waiting for. Can you see it now?
See it, believe it and expect it.
There’s nothing our God can’t do. And oh, how He longs to shower you with favor and blessing all the days of you life. In the wait. In the rain. In the valley. And on the mountain tops.
In the meantime, as Paul writes in Romans 15:13: “may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Lauren is a national speaker, author and Bible teacher. The founder and president of She Found Joy, she is a passionate about helping others encounter Jesus in a way that refreshes their faith and fills them to overflowing with His love and joy. Lauren lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, Alex and their dog Reese.