When I was pregnant with each of my 3 kids, I was so eager to meet them. I couldn’t wait to see if they had blue or green eyes, if their hair was blonde or brown. I couldn’t wait to finally be able to see every detail of their features. As eager as I was to meet them, my heart and mind also understood throughout those 40 weeks of waiting that there was important work happening in my growing belly. I understood that each of those weeks and even days was crucial for their growth and development. And so, I waited eagerly with patience.
Romans 8:25 can at first glance sound like a contradiction. In speaking of hope, Paul writes, “If we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.” (CSB) Can eagerness and patience coexist? As I learned while my babies were growing and developing inside me, yes.
What God has planned for us He is growing and developing. Knowing that there is purpose in the waiting enables us to wait both eagerly and patiently.
What are you hoping for? Know that even now God is forming and designing, even when you can’t see it. He is at work in incredible and mysterious ways, and there is purpose in your waiting. He is developing, growing, and preparing in ways only He can. There is so much to anticipate because everything He creates is good.
My prayer for you today is this:
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)
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His Words bring life + hope + power to us through the Holy Spirit as we believe.