could you define “will”?

9 12 2010

Isaiah 35 promises many things-things that are not altogether bad. In fact
they are community-building, wilderness-enduring, healthy and faith-deepening
things. And yet the word “will” accompanies these promises so much, that if I
were alive back then, I’d be saying, “Define WILL… and let me know WHEN.”
Those of us who have spent many years waiting for something know how hard it can be to hope, when what we are waiting for doesn’t happen yet.

Fortunately, or unfortunately, life doesn’t always work like that. We don’t know
when, we don’t get to define “will”—at least not when it comes to Biblical
promises. We don’t always get it, or, if we do, we don’t understand it. Waiting is
hard.

the "patient" dog waiting for someone to play with her

Some promises in Isaiah 35 have come true in the life and ministry of Jesus
Christ. Literally and figuratively. Light into the darkness, the blind see, miracles
happened, the power of sin was conquered, rejoicing came to the wilderness.
Even so, at times the wilderness stinks. For instance, when someone says, “It
will get better…” or… “Someday you WILL see the good in all this waiting
period.” Whatever. That may be true. But in the meantime, waiting is still hard.

I suspect we’re all waiting, on some level. My good friend Karen says that
everybody is waiting for something. Whatever we are waiting for, may we be
graced with the strength to find joy in the wait. We may not know WHEN our
waiting season WILL be finished… but help us, Lord, to see you in it. And to find
joy in this time.

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20 12 2010
Ann-Britt

Sometimes we don’t see God’s hand until after the event. We become disapointed and frustrated and then all of a sudden we see why we had to wait or why things didn’t happen. Kristina had to wait until anna was ready to be adopted and you had tp wait for Kajsa. Those turned into good waits. My brother was coming to vist and then his travel plans changed and we were disapointed. Well, that week i ended up in Minneapolis with Marge and Andy couldn’t have come because of our snow storm. God knew but we were frustrated by the wait. We had signs but could not interpret them. Waiting is hard but often rewarding. Right? Waiting for the little Chinese girls turned out to be very worthwhile! Amen!

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