All of us are waiting for something. We all have at least one desire of our heart awaiting fulfillment. I happen to have two currently.
These are the barren areas of our life. They are empty, devoid, not bringing useful results–well at least according to worldly standards; from a spiritual perspective, barren areas can be quite useful and productive. If we allow it.
It just so happens that one of my areas is actual barrenness. The other night I shared this with several people whom I do not really know and vice versa. I walked away feeling as though I’d dropped a conversational bomb.
I know our culture says, “Hey, it’s okay. Everybody’s different.” However I felt as though my sharing produced a different result.
My tendency to over analyze and read way too much into things probably did not help me out at all. However, the experience, accompanied by the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, brought the following perspective.
Am I wearing my barrenness, my waiting thing, as a mantle of sorrow? Mantle in the verb form can mean “to be or become covered, as a surface with scum or froth,” mantle itself is to cloak, to cover, to hood (Webster’s dictionary). And is the mantle of sorrow like an old bandaid, merely covering up a scabby, crusty wound?
What is the alternative? A badge of faith, because I am believing God to work seemingly impossible things for my waiting things.
How do I make the switch? It will take time and prayer and Scripture and faith, but the end results will glorify God instead of focusing on myself. And it will change the impact in conversation.
What is your waiting thing? And how are you wearing it, as a mantle of sorrow or a badge of faith?
May God be glorified in our waiting things. Yes, Lord, yes.