Waiting may be one of the most difficult parts of following God. I mean, the very word follow suggests movement. Waiting means standing still. Or does it? Sarah and Abraham waited as they followed. Together, they journeyed toward that physical place God would one day make the home of their progeny. Though Abraham and Sarah wandered they were not lost. Their stout hearts and the plodding feet proved them to be faithful to the limited information God gave them. Though Abraham and Sarah were promised descendants that would fill the land God had promised them, they themselves would never see the actual fulfillment. Offspring as numerable as the stars of heaven and the grains of sands that ring the seas would only be possible if God gave them a son. Impossible, unless God gave them a son.
They waited. Years passed, then decades. At some point the ancient couple came to grips with the realization their biological clock had struck midnight--a child was a physical impossibility. Momentarily their faith staggered at the promises of Heaven's God to the frailty of their human bodies. Sarah pondered the quandary, and she and her husband came up with a solution devoid of faith (another story entirely). But in the end, Sarah considered the source of the promised heir and received power to conceive. Isaac was born. The beginnings of a nation was underway. In embryonic form the world a blessing to every future generation was birthed.
Every Christ-follower experiences moments when their trust in divine promises flag. Like Abraham and Sarah, when things don't happen, we try to make them happen. And let's face it, we can make a lot of things happen! But also like Abraham and Sarah, we find that those things are not God-things. satisfaction has a brief shelf life. We come to realize there are promises God alone possesses the power to provide. Waiting is difficult, but not impossible. Waiting is part of following God.