A spring day. And on the incongruous steps of a private Hospital, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge introduce their new-born baby – a princess to the world. Yes for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge the wait was over. For the press encamped on the Hospital’s doorstep the waiting was over too. The public – elated. It had been dubbed the “Great Kate Wait“. The baby not being born by her due date was causing much impatience across the British Isles (and the world for that matter).
You have to feel for Kate – what pressure. And to even have her pregnancy dubbed “Great Kate Wait” – that would frustrate me! Not that she could really do much about it. (Apart from I guess eating curry and going for walks!?) The majority of babies of course do not comply with their “due date” preferring to arrive early or late. And it’s not like the birth was extraordinarily late either! It really just illustrates the expectation, the anticipation and excitement for this royal baby to be born.
It’s the same in life isn’t it. When we long for, hope for something, the waiting can seem endless. Testing too. To keep the hope, the faith for the answered prayer or promise. But then suddenly it seems it’s at hand. Real. Tangible. And the waiting just dissipates as if it never happened.
Holding on for the breakthrough – the healing, the answer to prayer is hard. It’s challenging. It hurts. It is frustrating. But more than we hold on for the breakthrough we need to hold on to God.
“For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” (Habakkuk 2:3)
You can depend on the promises because you can depend on God who made them. Our hope is not in our prayers but in God who hears them. Our hope is in God. He is true to the promises that He makes. We can trust in Him.
“The LORD is faithful to all His promises and loving toward all He has made.” (Psalm 145:13)