"Ease and predictability are not among God's promises."
"Take heart, you who wait! What God idd for Abram and Sarai he does for all who wait for Him. He is for youm not against you; He feels your ache, he hears your groaning. And note: If He is silent now, as he was for so many years with Abram and Sarai, it is the silence of his Higher Thoughts. He is up to something so big and so unimaginablely good that your mind cannot contain it.
Abram and Sarai recieved from God so much better than what they wanted. They would have settled for just a baby; what they got was a baby who would be the progenitor of a nation, a baby thorugh whom God would bless the whole world. Through their son, they would become the ancestors of noneother than Jesus Christ! All the years they wwere waiting and wondering if God heard their prayers, and if he did, did he even care? God was quietly doing a good work for them and forthe entire human race that would dwarf, in excellence and beauty, the thing they hoped for. What we see God doing is never as good as what we don't see.
We must learn to place all of our little waitings within the context of a larger Waiting -- the Waiting for God's redemption of His fallen creation. The things you and I wait for --- a child, a job, health, happiness, fulfillment -- these are mere signs and shadows of the redemption that is to come. Whether God grants us our dreams or denies them, he does so only as part of his larger plan to save us for eternity.........
God's dealings with us are always on the order of what he did with Abram and Sarai. He makes his promises, and he will keep his promises; but just how and when he will keep them is somehting for which we must wait. But keep them he will, and in ways other and better than we can think, as he works for our good in all things. As he promised Jeremiah, undert he bleakest possible of circumstances, so with us: "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." (Jer. 29.11)
Waiting- Finding Hope When God Seems Silent