Watch and Wait

time is running out

“But as for me, I watch in hope for the lord. I wait for God my Saviour; my God will hear me.” (Micah 7:7)

I often think living with a chronic illness can seem like an endless wait. Maybe the wait is for medical results, a diagnosis, treatment to take effect, or just to get over some stage or setback in your everyday journey. Maybe even waiting to have your old life back – the way it used to be.

I find myself sometimes seeming to wait – just to get through the day. It seems so hard, I just want it to be over. Or the night – when sleep is absent and the night seems to go on forever – just waiting till we can get out of bed again, even if we haven’t slept. I wonder if it seems that I just wish my life away, to get through it and on to something better.

These verses from Micah remind me that there is always something worth waiting for. We have an eternal hope in the promise that God is preparing a place for us – a place where there will be no more tears, no more pain. Surely that is worth the wait.

Not only that, Micah also reminds us that as we wait for God our Saviour and the promises our eternal future holds for us, God will hear our cries to Him. God will hear and understand the cries that come from our pain, our frustration and even the wishes that our lives might be as they were before.

It matters to me that God not only hears, but He understands. There are times when it seems no-one else around us does and we can feel so lonely and afraid. What a comfort that God waits with us.

Father, thank you for hearing and understanding my cries. I pray that you would help me to watch and wait in hope for Your eternal plan for my life to be fulfilled. Amen

About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the things God is teaching her as she lives with chronic pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, travel and photography.

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