“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” Psalm 27: 13-14 (NKJV)
I will freely admit that I have spring fever! And just when I think the long Colorado winter is over, another storm rolls through and buries my hope for spring under 8 inches of snow.
In the same way, my soul has been going through a winter season. Hope is elusive, joy seems more like wishful thinking and my prayers are lost in a snowstorm of harsh realities.
So, I wait on a God whose goodness appears to be far away; the perpetual waiting erodes at my hope and quickly evolves into disbelief.
And yet the Psalmist encourages us to “wait” even though we are losing heart. Truthfully, the word “wait” is better translated as “look eagerly for.”
In our waiting, let us have a sense of expectation. Even though we struggle to have hope in these seasons, we WILL see the goodness of the Lord…not when we get to heaven, but in our lifetime.
Beloved, don’t lose heart in the winter. Believe.