9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.
10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
Waiting, it’s not fun. Whether it’s something you’re longing to do, or dreading, waiting upsets us. As humans, we don’t like to wait, but God built it into almost every process.
Think about it, it takes hours for the sun to rise, and then to set. Waters fill the rivers through drips first, and then through streams. Babies are born, not men, and even the mighty lion starts out as a cub.
Why has God placed it in every process? Because what we call endless waiting, He calls growth. The process produces something, and if not for it, the job would be only half done.
Children learn patience by waiting to unwrap a gift. A battle can be costly no matter the time period, but long battles especially. In them, you can learn trust, reinvention, and endurance. These all prepare us, His children, for the next conflict.
God taught us something else about waiting, and that’s small intervals. The sun is highest at noon, it’s not the end of the day, it’s the halfway mark. A tadpole growing it’s legs doesn’t make it a frog, but it’s a time of celebration. We don’t wait until someone’s eighteen to celebrate a birthday.
The Scripture references, “yet a little while”, and all that troubles us will be just a memory. I’ve watched as people faced battles that terrified me, but they made it through. They did this by setting short term goals, by finding joy along the way.
They by no means enjoyed the war, but they found joy in The God that sustained them through it. Small intervals were celebrated, for they knew in a war, you must celebrate small victories. For small battles won, mean campaigns accomplished, and successful campaigns win the war.
Whatever you’re facing today, don’t wait until the final victory to rejoice. Take joy in the fact that you’re still fighting, you are a survivor. Even if you stumbled, you got back up, and if you haven’t yet, you’re still breathing. Stand up, and smile, it’s not over. With God’s help, you will win this battle, it’s just a little while up ahead.