Naked!! That’s what is right in front of me right now: a naked tree! Yesterday’s job was to put it there, but I had to wait for today to decorate it.
Oh my “waiting” is such a fitting theme, and it seems to fit right in “no matter when”. Along with that theme, “hope” and “patience” go quite well.
Our church seems to have been waiting for absolutely ever! But I had a thought the other day, brought to mind by our recent series from Exodus. Brian preached last week that God’s Covenant People (Israel in the Old Testament, and Christians today) are to be consecrated, commanded, and committed. Another course we took many, many years ago, was called The Bethel Course (or “Bethel something”), and one thing I always remember from that: those 40 years that Israel spent in the desert, along with all their trials surrounding that time, was God’s tool for molding them into a nation.
Perhaps, all that our church has been through, has been a preparation, a molding into strength, in order to be able to “stick together” in the future, to morph into what God has planned.
Oh, AND: one of the older ladies in our church, one of the founders, has “received” a verse (my new memory verse). This is the same lady I spoke of another time, who with her late husband years ago, saw that our purpose might someday be to help the Chinese church. Some people say she (& I) sometimes look at things a little too simply; but hey, didn’t Jesus thank the Father that He had revealed things to the simple-hearted, rather than to the supposedly wise?
I’m sure Jean wouldn’t insist that this verse is a definite, prophetic thing; and I would also preface it by saying that we realize that it’s context is different from ours (Habakkuk was having a vision of the end times)–but often scripture does have more than one application.
I love this verse, and found it hard to choose which version to use; plus I feel like repeating some of the words over and over!
“For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay.” (NASB)
“This vision-message is a witness pointing to what’s coming. It aches for the coming – it can hardly wait! And it doesn’t lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It’s on its way. It will come right on time.” (MSG)…it will not fail. … wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay. …It aches for the coming – it can hardly wait!