Enlarged by Waiting?

I have been going through a series of teachings on the book of Habakuk; he was a Prophet in the Bible – an easily neglected prophet. I took down some notes on one of the teachings; it is titled Too Ugly to Behold, Too Painful to Bear. But it is the feature article in the August edition of Sharon’s Newsletter so I’m not going to post it on this blog for awhile. However, you could need to sign up for it. There’s just so much to learn about and from his life. I’ve been silently ruminating on the implication of this man’s life on my life, when I peeped into a friend’s blog an saw a post that took my breath away. It was called ‘Enlarged by waiting’. He first of all quoted a popular passage from the Message – Romans 8:23 – 25.

“These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting… The longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.”

I have read this passage over and over again, but it has never come at me quite like this. He further went on to expound a bit. Even though the waiting does distress some pregnant women, I still love this few lines from his post:

Same with us. Our painful experiences may be likened to early-morning sickness. Our desire for God would be just like the cravings of a primigravida. But waiting does not diminish us. Not at all. It HELPS us. Every experience of God brings us closer to the perfect person He wants us to be. He is coming for a Church without spot and blemish and time and circumstance must run their course so that we can be presented mature before Him in the end.

It is a lovely way of looking at it. . . it definitely is something to remember as we wait; wait for God’s promises to manifest in our lives, wait for that dream job, wait for that husband, wait for the coming of our Lord.

If you want to read the whole post for yourself, check him here on Reflections.


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