Are You Waiting?

My precious friend, Leanne, welcomed her sixth little one into the world the third day into spring and she is a precious Joy (surprise, Leanne!). I have a few more friends that have been waiting this spring; waiting for an “expected one.” Right around this time, four years ago, our long wait for little Esther was complete . . . and our lives have never been the same!

Now, we are waiting for our newest, who isn’t due until the fall. We know the baby is coming, and the arrival is growing closer with each passing day. But for a mom, the wait can seem longer than the allotted days on the calendar.

An expectant mother waits for the “fullness of time;” the completed gestation of the little one she carries. Although nine months seems a long time when the babe grows heavy in the womb, it is really a short season, just enough time to prepare the basics.

Waiting seems a pattern that God likes to use in our lives. It’s an instructive discipline. God’s people waited. They grew weary in their waiting, but their “expected One” would come in God’s perfect timing.

[box]But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Galatians 4:4-5[/box]

Four thousand long years of darkness, while humanity waited, held in bondage under the weight of the fall, subjected to the tyranny of the evil one’s reign, all of creation was waiting. Waiting for the Redeemer, the Savior, the Deliverer to appear. God had not forgotten His covenant. He had not forsaken His own. God waited as well.

He waited as time ripened, matured, and in the fullness of time, on the night appointed, the Son entered our world as a babe. 

Some may have given up hope, turned their hearts away with impatience, others grew cold and cynical—convinced the Promised One must’ve only been a child’s hope, only a fleeting dream, the wait had grown so long.

But they were wrong. He knew He would come. He waited for the perfect time to come.

And in the fullness of time, eternal God invaded time. 

At the height of the Roman Empire the King of Kings quietly arrived without public fanfare or celebration. He came when all was set. At no other time in history were all conditions in place. Rome’s unparalleled network of roads, dominance in cultural progress, establishment of Greek as a common language, and a government sympathetic to the Jewish religious leaders, all contributed to the time’s fullness for the God-Man. Most importantly, this was the time when Rome had perfected their common form of capital punishment: the cross.

Our Lord chose to step into time at a point in history when He would endure the most painful form of execution known to man.  

[box]Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. ‘Father, glorify Your name.’ Then a voice came out of heaven: ‘I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.’ So the crowd of people who stood by and heard it were saying that it had thundered; others were saying, ‘An angel has spoken to Him.’

Jesus answered and said, ‘This voice has not come for My sake, but for your sakes. Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.

And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.’ But He was saying this to indicate the kind of death by which He was to die. (John 12:27-33).[/box]

You may have been long waiting for God to answer a prayer, to work, to bring deliverance. Although you may feel He’s no longer listening or has forgotten, be assured . . .

He is never late.

He is always at work.

Trust Him to appear in His perfect timing.

He never forsakes His own.



    Kim, the timing of this post is once again a showering of God’s love on me. My wife’s divorce from me is now final as of the 3rd of this month. I still have no idea why it had to happen. However, from the day I was served to now, with this post, God has told me time and again to trust, believe and be patient. He keeps showing me that to conform to His image that I must daily sacrifice myself and allow Him to cover me. He is long-suffering and so must I be. It doesn’t matter that to Him a thousand years is but a day, that just shows​ how patiently He waits,as it’s pointed out of Jacob waiting for Rachel, the expectation of the fulfilment made the waiting seem as nothing.
    I was praying for Him to help me learn to love my wife enough to get us through the differences we had and when I was served I said ” Ok this was not what I expected for your answer but you’ve freed me, now where do You want me to go/do? He has repeatedly shown me that He hates divorce and asked me if I really believed that this was His final answer. If not, then I needed to start trusting that it’s only a tool that He is using to fully answer my prayer beyond my greatest imagination. I’ve been working through tears of pain , asking Him to help me with my unbelief, even as I started reading this post, when the pressures of the world tell me this is a good thing and to let her go, I deserve better. This last weekend serves as a reminder of how far we men need to be willing to go if we are to love our wives as Christ loves the Church. I live each day knowing that.
    Thank You for yours and Leroy’s ministry. May God continue to bless you and all whom He uses you to touch.

  • Carrie A DeLong

    Love this, friend. The waiting is so hard, when you see very little glimpses of progress. So many opportunities to grow or become cynical in the waiting. opportunities. 🙂

  • Leanne

    Kimberly!!! 🙂 What a beautiful post and sweet surprise!!! The Lord certainly reinforced and vividly brought to life the magnificence of the intentional and meticulously orchestrated moments of His perfect timing throughout the entire day leading up to the beautiful birth of our sweet Annalise Joy! She was in fact 12 days late, and He reminded me tenderly with each day that passed after her “due date” that He had begun this good work in me, and that HE would carry it out unto completion in His perfect timing. He asked me just to rest and trust! As I counseled my heart to remain focused on Him, He kept me in perfect peace, just as He promised He would. The moments of March 23 that led up to her beautiful, Christ-centered water birth, in the midst of worship and prayer, were divinely put into motion, so that He ALONE would receive the glory. AND, also, in the midst of it all, He gave me several precious desires of my heart, some spoken and some that were quiet hidden treasures only known between Him and me! He is faithful! Truly when He is our delight, He gives us the desires of our heart… which become whatever He wills for us, and then in His mercy, love, and abundance, He also blesses us with sweet surprises along the way! The long-suffering and waiting is always worth it! When His timing is perfect, what is truly best will come to fruition! He is such a good Father!! Thank you for this wonderful reminder today!! XOXOX

  • Pauline Butler

    My mom was told a month ago that she had days to live. The doctor didn’t say how many days, as only God knows the right time. But in our minds, it was easy to assume that days meant not much time. Over these few weeks, she has wondered why the Lord has not yet taken her home and asks why is it taking so long. Several times, I’ve had to remind her that God’s timing is perfect, and we can trust Him to know what is best. I know He is at work in all of our lives. Meanwhile, He continues to shower her and us with many blessings and His abounding grace. So thankful for this time with her. Thank you for this message today.

  • Julie Musil

    Kimberly, thanks for this. I’m definitely waiting on Him, even though it seems crazy on the outside. He is at work, even when it doesn’t seem like it. Faith is growing in the process.