Have you ever waited a very long time for a promise to be fulfilled or been sorely disappointed when it didn’t happen like you’d hoped it would?
I sure have. In fact, recently, I realized that two promises (I only saw snippets of in dreams) took 9 and 12 years to materialize. The first had to do with the spread of literacy resources for children and youth and the second promise had to do with the arts becoming more accessible for children and youth. I wrote “snippets” because I’ve come to realize that I only got a sliver of understanding.
During those long years of waiting, I tried to make the promises come true in different ways, and did experience some results. But now that the promises are in full swing, I’m in awe over how the fulfillment came in such unexpected ways.
I’ve heard anything from God. And if I see a part of the puzzle, I’ve learned to concede to the Creator’s wisdom and way.
I’ve also come to realize that every unanswered prayer was/is either a wait or a no. In either case, wisdom beseeches surrender to a God who sees the entire picture and who can make whatever is on His heart come to pass according to His timeline.
In 2 Peter 3:9, we read that “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”
Although this scripture has to do with salvation, this sure does apply to waiting for the Way Finder to fulfill His promises to us.