Are you waiting in the desert?
There were three kids trying to outdo each other.
Kid #1 said, “My grandma waited 10 years before she found her One True Love. And after 10 years, she met a handsome actor. That’s why my grandfather is Eddie Gutierrez.
Kid #2 said, “Oh, that’s nothing compared to my grandma. She waited 20 years before she found her One True Love. And after 20 years, she met a super rich businessman. That’s why my grandfather is Henry Sy.” Kid #3, not to be outdone, said, “Oh, that’s nothing compared to my grandma.
She waited 50 years before she found her One True Love. And after 50 years, she met St. Peter!” For single people, waiting for your lifetime partner can sometimes feel like forever. I know. It felt like an eternity for me. It’s the hardest thing to do because it feels like nothing is happening when you are waiting.
Once, I had a final casting for a soft drink commercial. I had a date with my girlfriends but had to leave before they watched a movie to get to my appointment on time. You can just imagine the regret I had after having to wait two and half hours for my turn. I could have stayed and watched the movie with my girlfriends and I’d still have made it to the casting!
But the woman who sat beside me during that long wait opened up her life to me. She caught her husband having an affair. He showed no remorse. After 13 years of marriage, she’s now undergoing an annulment. Her once-perfect princess-like life was suddenly shattered. I shared about the Lord to her and began to pray for her daily.
See? Nothing is wasted in the Lord. Waiting for His plan to unfold can transform us into a people of growing faith. The story of Moses is a testament of this. He stayed in the desert for 40 years before he became Prince of Egypt. Then he killed an Egyptian whom he saw was abusing an Israelite. When people found out, he fled to the desert. He spent the next 40 years in the desert as a shepherd. He was 80 when the Lord spoke to him from a burning bush and told him to lead His people to freedom.
Because Moses stayed in the desert and learned what he could there, he not only found a wife and family but was also honed into the kind of servant that God could use to liberate His people.
Sometimes we want to cut short our time in the desert. When we come from a breakup, we want to jump right into another relationship. When we’re facing a tough challenge, we want to get over it right away. We are not able to digest and reflect on the lessons that God wants us to learn because we want to hurry out of that painful place of waiting.
But our God is the God of the Now.
You may be waiting in one area of your life, but what can you do now in the other areas?
The lessons we learn in the desert are required stock knowledge when we reach the Promised Land.
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*This article originally appeared in Kerygma magazine September 2016 issue.
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