Have you ever experienced a season of waiting that seemed would never end? In the past, I had tried for a year waiting to get pregnant and I have waited for a year of my first born's life to be financially stable enough to quit my job and become a stay-at-home mom. Up until now, most of my waiting has been at the most a year. All of which was an emotional roller coaster! Currently, I'm in a season of waiting and it's been 401 days -yes, that's over a year, and I am ready to see a cloud of hope.
In 1Kings chapters 17 and 18 the Lord gave Elijah the prophet a word for the people. That word was there was going to be no rain or dew this resulted in a famine. This famine was noted as severe and it lasted three years. Just before the famine was to end, God gave Elijiah a heads-up and told Elijiah that he was going to send rain. So Elijiah spoke in faith that a heavy rain was coming, went up onto a mountain with his servant and started to pray.
Elijiah was declaring and praying in his word.
Finally after seven times of searching for a cloud to appear, the servant saw it; a cloud of hope. It was a cloud the size of a man's fist.
Now I just have to say, I live in Washington and we get clouds all the time. I have never seen a tiny cloud bring the promise of a heavy rain. I think at this point in the story both Elijiah and his servant were still activating their faith for the promised rain.
They saw the cloud and they saw hope.
They saw the cloud and they saw promise.
They saw the cloud and they saw answered prayer.
They saw the cloud and they saw the ending of a famine.
Do you see your cloud coming? Your season of waiting may last a few months, a year or several years just like the people in the time of Elijiah. You can be sure that no matter how long you have to wait, if you have a word from the Lord, then that cloud will surely come!
I am hoping my current situation won't turn into a three year process, but in the meantime I think I'll keep declaring my promise, praying in my word, and looking for that cloud.
How about you? Have you ever experienced a prolonged season of waiting? How did you activate your faith to believe for what would seem to never arrive?