If Jess went out with friends, stayed back at work or had taken the kids somewhere, unless there was a note or we’d organised a time before she left, sometimes I’d have no idea how long it would be before she got home.
I love it when Jess goes out to let her hair down and enjoy herself, but it’s the unknown that leaves me in that ‘in between’ space of either heading to bed or staying up late to hear the goss about how the night went.
Sometimes life can involve a lot of waiting. But the most painful part about waiting is not knowing how long the waiting will go on for, especially if you’re waiting for relief from a painful season or situation.
David experienced a time in his life of total anguish. But the worst part for him was not knowing how long it would last:
‘O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand?’ – Psalm 13:1-2 (NLT)
But even in the midst of a season of pain and anguish, David had the confidence that God’s deliverance was on it’s way:
‘But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the Lord because he is good to me’ (13:5-6)
A few years ago, Jess and I discovered the ‘find my friends’ app, so now we can locate each other’s position at any time. Some may call it stalking, but we call it peace of mind!
It’s not that we mind how long each other will be, but we take comfort in knowing where each other is. When I see the blue dot on the screen begin to move, I know she’s on her way home! (This works both ways as often my, “I’ll be home in 5 mins” is open to interpretation!).
David was able to locate God’s position in relation to His pain because He trusted in God’s promises. In a similar way, when we are in season of anguish, we too can locate God’s help by holding onto His promises to us.
In the midst of a pain and uncertainty, you too can rejoice. The blue dot is moving – His help is on it’s way!