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Let’s talk about the future for a minute… Yes, the future. What emotions are brought up when you read that first sentence? If you’re anything like me, then fear, worry, and anxiety are among the emotions that start dwelling within your heart.
The future can be a scary thing! And I will be the first to admit that I don’t always smile or laugh at the future like the Proverbs 31 woman that I aspire to be like. So sometimes I need a little bit of encouragement when it comes to being joyful and expectant for what is to come. Today, I found that encouragement that I so needed…
Of all places, I found it in my preschool classroom as my wonderful lead teacher/co-worker/friend read our weekly Bible story to our little four and five year old friends. It is a pretty well known story from the Bible but God’s goodness throughout this story struck my heart causing me to hear the story in a whole new light.
This story is all about a man named Abram (later known as Abraham) and a woman named Sarai (later known as Sarah). Sarai, Abram’s wife was barren and they were both getting pretty up there in age. When Abram was 75 years old, God made a pretty big promise to him. He declared that through his blood line would come a nation outnumbering the sand and the stars. Woah! Think about that for a second; old age plus a barren wife usually doesn’t add up to a long lineage, but that’s the thing about God, He doesn’t work in “usual” ways. This promise was fulfilled once Abraham was 100 years old! (Notice their name changed within those 25 years.) Abraham and Sarah waited for 25 years for God to fulfill His promise! Throughout this long waiting period, Abraham not knowing how long it would take for the promise to be fulfilled, constantly went back to God pleading for Him to be faithful.
I think a lot of us are a lot like Abraham. We are all in a waiting period of some kind. You might be like me, waiting for a future husband and a future career path to fall in your lap. Maybe you’re waiting for the amazing gift of having a baby or maybe you’re waiting on the adoption process to be completed. Maybe you’re waiting on a certain job or promotion. Maybe you’re waiting on your house to sell. Maybe you’re waiting for a relationship to be restored. Whatever you’re waiting period may be, my guess is that you are tired of waiting, and maybe a little doubtful or worried. I feel you, friend, and I am right there with you! But waiting is not fun or easy in any way or form. It’s easy to grow weary in a waiting season and it becomes easy to doubt that God will be faithful. It’s human nature to return to God over and over again pleading for Him to be faithful, just as Abraham did.
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