“This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.” Habakkuk 2:3 (NLT)
It was a most unusual winter in our state. Little to no snow, temperatures way above normal, relentless winds. And the start of spring hasn’t been much better. No rainfall of any significance, low humidity, and, again, relentless winds. As a result, over 90% of our state is in a drought, much of it severe.
The dry winter and lack of moisture has meant a delay in our spring. Usually by now I would see green grass, new leaves on the trees, even crocus and daffodils. But still our “usual” spring waits. The grass is still brown, very few buds on the trees, and no early spring flowers as in the past. It seems that our spring has been delayed.
But does this mean it won’t come? Of course not. In just the last few days I have seen small green patches in my lawn and tiny leaves on the red maple in the back. The promise of spring still remains. It’s just taking its sweet time getting here.
Although our delayed spring has messed with a lot of people’s plans and visions of what spring should look like by now, it will still come. Delays can be difficult. The waiting period seems like it will go on forever and it’s hard to have hope.
Maybe you’re in a waiting period right now. A time of delay. Does this mean the “spring” won’t come? Of course not. It just means the promise has been delayed, not denied.
For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Romans 8:24-25
Sometimes God waits with the fulfillment of His promises. He wants the best for you and for your family. He Is always at work, changing hearts, calling out to His lost sheep, opening their eyes and ears to His truths. It doesn’t matter where they travel or what they do, He is always there. Even if we can’t see it. Even if they take detour after detour. Even if there are delays.
You might feel that your family is ready for your mom or dad to come home. You’ve been practicing forgiveness and unconditional love. You’ve been majoring on giving grace. You’ve been praying daily. But God might have more work to do in the heart of the one you pray for. Remember, He wants to give you His best.
God has heard your prayers for your dad or your mom. He has heard your cries and seen your tears. He wants your lost loved one to come home even more than you do. He wants to bring your lost sheep back to the fold. He will never give up. And you mustn’t either.
Just as I have been on the lookout for some small signs of our delayed spring, you may soon catch glimpses of some small signs that the promise is still in the making. Remember that God’s delays are not His denials. Persevere in prayer and faith that the promise will come.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
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