Posted by: John-Paul | April 4, 2016

The Wait!

Ugh! This waiting is so frustrating!

All the plans are made for Karen and me to be married: the wedding and reception, the wedding night and, later in the month, the honeymoon in Arizona, moving her stuff into my house on June 18 while she stays elsewhere until July 10. But no making it happen for three more months!

I can understand why couples simply live together.

Steps have been taken. The church and motel have been secured. Flowers and rings have been ordered. Plane tickets have been paid for. And the Prayer Room has been repainted and is waiting for shelves and furniture. (Books are on those bookshelves.)

June 18 we will move the rest of Karen’s things into the house and assemble her (our) bed. We’ll be moving kitchen stuff out of cupboards and drawers to place them back according to a different plan. I’m getting rid of my old couch…to be replaced with my love seat and her side-by-side recliners…in front of the fireplace and large TV screen. So many changes are anticipated for married life.

I can also understand Joshua and Caleb’s impatience to get to the land promised by Yahweh. While most of the Israelites wanted to go back to Egypt, these heroes and many others yearned for the completion of the wilderness experience, the fights to drive out the Canaanites, and the start of their lives in the Promised Land. Only then could they begin the real work of sowing, husbanding, and harvesting… creating the wealth Yahweh had promised them.

It is the same with all of us who believe in the next coming of Jesus. He will set up His reign and we will continue to reign with him…but more fully. But that day is not yet and we must wait…and endure…and overcome.

Good news

“Don’t overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day. God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change.” (2 Peter 3: 8-9, The Message)

Discussion questions

Are you waiting, impatiently perhaps, for some major event in your life? Do you have work to do before that event can take place? Are you actively pursuing what God wants to do through that event, by prayer and taking the steps He requires of you?

© 2016. John Paul DeWalt



  1. Karen and I married on July 19, 2016. We visited my family in Arizona and settled into married life in Ohio.

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