Perfectly primped hair, floor length gowns, blooming flowers, and a beautiful couple at the altar – this scene is all too familiar to me. Over the past five years I have attended countless weddings and even stood in a couple.
Ahhh the life of a bridesmaid! Last year I had the privilege of standing in two of my friends’ weddings. I was over the moon for them and could not wait for their big day.Through my elation and shower planning for my friends, I thought to myself, “when will it be my turn?”
I thought to myself, “Lord, I’ve done it your way, when will I receive what you’ve promised me?”
Have you ever prayed for something and the Holy Spirit whispered a word of encouragement to you and a promise of the very thing you prayed for?
Maybe you’ve said similar things to God. But what if I told you the very thing you’re waiting for is not the prize at all?
That a husband is not a reward for purity, and a baby is not a reward for a godly marriage.
Shocker I know! You see in our carnal nature we think because of our righteousness we deserve certain things. But the Bible tells us that our righteousness is like filthy rags before the Lord.
“But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.” Isaiah 64:6 NKJV
As we tap our foot in impatience and complain about the things we do not have, God is waiting.
Waiting for you to notice him.
Waiting for you to remember him.
“…I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 NKJV
In a season of waiting, remember that God has not left you. He has not forgotten you. He hears you and He cares about the prayers you whisper because you’re too embarrassed to pray out loud.
As a bride sets her eyes on her handsome groom, choose today to set your eyes on God instead of the very thing you are waiting for.
When you set your eyes on the God who lives outside of time and space, the wait doesn’t seem long at all.
Trust Him and wait expectantly for your promise and most importantly keep your gaze on the best Promise Maker and Promise Keeper.