by Danny Tariman
“They that hope in the Lord… will soar…” – Isaiah 40:31
In February 2007, I had an overseas job offer. The agency told me that I could leave in two to three months’ time. By mid-April, I had already submitted all the documents required so I was hoping to leave by May. But my long-awaited visa was not yet released. Excitement came as the estimated departure date drew near. But May came and I still had no visa.
Today’s verse, “They that hope,” is rendered in some versions of the Bible as, “They that wait.” Still, in some versions, the word “hope” is translated as “trust.” What this means to me is waiting in faith or “resting in expectation and patience,” as Webster defines it.
Waiting is one of the most excruciating experiences one can have. You can become impatient, irritated, hot-tempered — emotions that negate the fruit of the Spirit. But I chose to wait patiently.
Meanwhile, a local company offered me a consulting job that would pay me almost what I would earn overseas! Praying about it, I decided to forego the job abroad.
But God’s thoughts are way above mine. The overseas employer counter-offered and gave me an unexpectedly high salary.
Now that’s what I call soaring!
For the vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint. If it delays, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not be late. (Habakkuk 2:3)
Thank You, Lord, for the grace to wait patiently for the fulfillment of Your plan for me. Amen.
[This reflection was originally published in Didache, December 2009]